Australian Medical Association says parents risk harming children with cough medicines

Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne poll finds parents overusing and misusing over-the-counter medicines for children Parents across Australia are spending an estimated $67m a year on cough and cold medicines, the director of the Child Health poll says. Photograph: Joe Castro/AAP The head of the Australian Medical Association has said it may “take a generation” to educate people that giving their young children over-the-counter cough and cold medicines is, at best, useless and, at worst, harmful. Dr Michael Gannon made the comments in response to the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne’s annual child health poll, which found parents were overusing…
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