Beware of Cough Medicine

Giving your child cough medicine seems like a natural and smart decision, and it is. You hear your little one coughing like they have the plague, and so you grab whatever you can find in the cabinet, whip out a spoon and tell your child to open wide. But be careful — you might be about to make things worse.

Before you start pouring the medicine into a spoon or serving cup, even though it may seem like a needless precaution, check the label. Cough medicine, in general, is fine for your child. But what’s in it may not be.