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  • Is Codeine Safe for Children?

    Is Codeine Safe for Children?

    More than half a million tonsillectomies are performed each year on children in the U.S. More than sixty percent of those children report significant pain in the days that follow. Acetaminophen with codeine is in widespread use for post-operative pain, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now investigating the safety of codeine for […]

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  • Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies and Toddlers

    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies and Toddlers

    Breaking News Tylenol Doesn’t Relieve Pain for Babies and Toddlers!? The FDA’s Nonsprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Advisory Committee have together recommended that “pain relief” be removed from the label of Tylenol and other brands of acetaminophen because there is no reliable evidence that it relieves pain better than placebo in children under age […]

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  • Dosing Spoon Surprise

    Dosing Spoon Surprise

    Once again, my take is different than that of most. About 70 percent of Americans measure their liquid medicines in kitchen spoons. But when smart college students were asked to pour a real teaspoon of liquid medicine into a kitchen spoon, they averaged either eight percent less or twelve percent more than the amount prescribed, […]

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  • Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Last year an advisory panel of independent experts convened by the FDA recommended that the FDA ban popular over-the-counter oral decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants for children under the age of 6 with colds. Recently large drug companies have voluntarily decided to advise parents not to give these medicines to kids under 4.

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  • Awash in Cold Medicines

    Awash in Cold Medicines

    Question: Who took cough and cold medicines the most? Answer: Kids aged 2 through 5 years – the very group for whom the FDA expert panel voted to ban them last year (although the FDA has not done this as of August 2008).

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  • Cough Medicine Alternatives

    Cough Medicine Alternatives

    Since the recall of over the counter cough medicines I’ve been asked repeatedly what I personally recommend. The following is an excerpt from my book, Raising Baby Green. It was written before the recall, but certainly applies. — You can clean out the medicine cabinet of decongestants and antihistamines for your baby.

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  • Cough and Cold Medicines

    Cough and Cold Medicines

    None of us want to see children feel miserable – for their sakes or for ours. We want remedies when they feel sick. In light of this, I am pleased with the decision of major pharmaceutical companies to withdraw their cough and cold medicines for children under 2 – it’s a good start. Even though […]

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  • Conscious Preconception

    Conscious Preconception

    The “trimester” before pregnancy is an important window of opportunity for a baby’s health, whether this is a first pregnancy or a later one. And during pregnancy, the weeks between when conception happens and when a woman knows she is pregnant are especially important – where good nutrition or unhealthy exposures can have their biggest […]

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  • Dark Chocoate and Coughs

    Dark Chocolate and Coughs

    You’ve heard of DM cough syrups. How about DC cough remedies? DM is an abbreviation for an over-the-counter cough suppressant called dextromethorphan. What is DC? It.s the nickname given by members of the DrGreene.com community to dark chocolate. Codeine is stronger against coughs than DM. Could DC be even more effective? And if so, how […]

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  • Chocolate and Coughs

    Chocolate and Coughs

    Could chocolate be more effective than codeine in treating coughs? And if so, how much chocolate would it take? Research published November 17, 2004 in FJ Express, which will appear in The FASEB Journal in January 2005, makes a strong case that dark chocolate may be a powerful cough suppressant. A cough is a healthy, […]

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