TOLEDO -- Millions of toys with lead paint, cold medicines for kids -- all these recalls have parents really concerned.
News 11's Colleen Wells talked with a local doctor whose advice for parents might surprise you. She also spoke with several mothers she found out shopping at Babies 'R Us.
Samantha is not even 2 years old, but her mom, Christy Paris, feels like she herself has already done a lifetime of worrying, especially with recent recalls from children's cold medicines.
"It's frightening when you see them pull out the toys and wonder if that's going to be the next thing on the news that needs to be tossed in the garbage or put aside because of lead," Paris says.
Christy and her expectant sister, Stefanie Gray, acknowledged that it's tough buying for children these days.
"I am registering, so that is challenging right now, keeping in mind what has been recalled in the past and what's going to be recalled in the future.," Gray says.
"It's very hard. It's hard to determine what you can buy anymore. You question everything you buy and what you give your children, if it's safe for them, if it's going to make them sick, if it's going to cause them problems," says Jennifer Phillips, mother of two.
Dr. Eugene Izsak with Toledo Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Room, says parents are asking all about recalls -- especially cold medicine.
"It's a medication that's not effective, it's a medication that has risks. Doctors shouldn't prescribe them, parents shouldn't be using them, and people shouldn't be selling them," Izsak says.
His advice for congested kids -- soup and hot drinks -- an old remedy parents used to use, long before recalls.