When a child gets a cold, millions of parents reach for cold and cough medicine. Now several of these products are being taken out of stores.
A week before a government meeting on the safety of cold and cough medicines, many manufacturers are having store owners pull some it's products. The recall involves several brands of infant cold remedies for kids under two.
Makers of the medicines say they're safe, but apparently not always used correctly by parents. According to the manufacturer, the recall is because "there have been rare patterns of misuse leading to overdose recently identified, particularly in infants, and safety is our top priority."
Dr. Kenneth Gottesman of St. Luke's-Roosevelt in New York said, "I don't recommend this products for my patients and haven't for years."
Like all pediatricians, Gottesman received a government report earlier this year that found hundreds of infants had serious side effects on the cold remedies. He explained, "these medications can also can cause irregular heartbeats."
Kenneff added, "The medicines being taken off store shelves are only for infants. Products for kids over 2 years old are staying put."
But soon these cold remedies will be called into question. Next week the food and drug administration is holding meetings on the safety of these medicines for kids under six.
Pediatrician groups are pushing the government because they say there's no evidence the products are even effective at treating colds and coughs.
Gottesman said, "I think cold medicines certainly hold very little reward and certainly the potential for risk."
When it comes to colds, doctors and many parents believe the best treatment is patience. Mother Maribel Caba said, "Lots of fluids and let them rest. It usually passes in a few days."
That's about the closest thing to a cure.
Here is the list of recalled infant medicine from affiliate CBS. Drug makers including Johnson & Johnson, Wyeth and Novartis.