But for baby number three, now not-quite-six-months old, my remedy for coughs and colds is simple: lots of cuddles. Not only has the FDA recommended against giving cough and cold syrup to children under the age of six; but pediatricians say the remedies don't really work. To be "abundantly cautious," manufacturers of infant cold remedies pulled them from shelves in October 2007.
Of course, it's not exactly true that you can't buy cough syrup for your baby any more; after all, the products marketed to children and adults typically have the same makeup as the ones marketed to infants, and if the FDA is refusing to allow the manufacturers to recommend a dose, it's just as sensible to not recommend a dose on a larger, less expensive bottle of children's cough syrup. Whether or not you can get the stuff, though, is probably beside the point; doctors everywhere are seeking to convince us that, as much as we may wish to ease our child's suffering (and put and end to the wailing), time is the best healer.
Take a deep breath and brew another pot of coffee, parents everywhere, it's going to be a long winter.
This post was written as part of a series on on 2007 departures. Read about more products, companies and people you won't see in 2008.