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Infants' ER Visits Have Dropped Since Removal of Cough, Cold Meds

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The decision to pull cough and cold medicines for young children off store shelves in 2007 has led to a drop in emergency room visits for reactions to the drugs, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention examined ER visits in children younger than two at more than 60 hospitals and found that runs to emergency rooms in relation to cough and cold medicines have been cut by more than half since they were removed from store shelves.

The study also found that although visits for cold medicine overdose dropped, they are still occurring, mostly by young kids who swallow the medicine without their parents' supervision.

Manufacturers voluntarily removed cough and cold medicines for children under two three years ago after pediatricians complained they didn't work and posed a risk of accidental overdose.

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