Health Canada: No cough meds for kids under 6

As of Fall 2009, some nonprescription, orally-administered cough and cold medicine will have additional warnings on their labels: “Do not use this cough and cold product in children under 6 years of age.” Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medication with dosage information only for children under 6 will be removed from store shelves. The Scientific Advisory Council indicated in a report available at the Health Canada website that there is no significant evidence of benefit and there are risks of significant harm, including death, from the use of some of these drugs; it should be noted that the risks associated with taking many OTC cough and cold meds are very small.

Health Canada recommends treating cold symptoms by allowing adequate rest and  plenty of clear fluids, along with providing a comfortable environment with adequate humidity.

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Kids in Sports, Part 3: What Promotes Sportspersonship?

When parents sign their children up to participate in sports, one of their hopes is that their child will learn to be a “good sport”. Unfortunately, this lesson is not always taught due to either a coach who has not been properly trained or a parent-spectator who displays negative behaviours. Many of us have had good and not so good experiences in this respect.

In 2007, Researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Missouri and University of Notre Dame studied the social and personal influences on youth sportspersonship. Close to 700 kids from fifth to eight grade were studied. There were several key findings from the report.  Using self-report measures, the researchers found that from fifth to eight grade the level of unsportspersonlike behaviour steadily increased. This is problematic as it suggests that the sports culture kids grow up in teaches them to be more unsportspersonlike as they age. The study also found that coaches, teammates, parents and spectators all exert an influence on the display of sportspersonlike behaviour.

FA070 – Anatomy of Three Things

Three ThingsDoctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent stories from the website, including:

  1. Food ads lead to snacking, and some portray drug-seeking behaviour
  2. Caffeine reduces memory loss, at least in mice
  3. Ritalin works better for bad sleepers

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