The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public health advisory telling parents NOT to use over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for children under the age of two. Such medications, says the FDA, can cause rapid heart rates, convulsions, and even death. According to Charles Ganley, M.D., director of the FDA’s Office of Nonprescription Products, “These medicines, which treat symptoms and not the underlying condition, have not been shown to be safe or effective in children under 2.” Many manufacturers of pediatric cold and cough medicines have already responded to this threat by recalling their products from stores around the country. To read the FDA’s press release on this warning, click here. For information on using humidiers as an alternative to cold and cough medicines, click here. For additional non-drug alternatives, such as nasal sprays and chicken soup, click here.