Alarming number of kids overdosing on cough medicines - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Alarming number of kids overdosing on cough medicines

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

There's been an alarming rise in the number of children under 5 overdosing on liquid cough and cold medicine. But now there's a new proposal to keep kids safe.

It's an urgent issue with flu cases up 35% last week alone, and parents turning to liquid cold, cough and flu medications to make their children feel better at the height of the season.

But these medicinal syrups are also responsible for 10,000 overdoses each year, according to pediatricians and consumer safety experts it's a rise of 32% over the last decade.

Medical experts and a consumer advocate from Pro Publica joined Sen. Charles Schumer in calling for flow restrictor caps on children' s liquid medications, so that the contents can't be emptied all at once.

They say 20 children a year die from overdoses, and one death is one too many.

The plastic flow restrictor tops would add less than 10 cents to the price of each bottle.

This new safety device could be on store shelves within a year if federal consumer officials mandate it.

If they don't, Sen. Schumer says he won't hesitate to push for legislation.

  • HealthMore>>

  • Elimination diet may help you find source of problems

    Elimination diet may help you find source of problems

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:31:24 GMT
    The elimination diet is not about losing weight. It's about trying to pinpoint the possible source of a health-related problem, such as a digestive issue, headaches, and allergies, according to Lisa Cohn is a nutritionist and owner of Park Avenue Nutrition in New York City.
    The elimination diet is not about losing weight. It's about trying to pinpoint the possible source of a health-related problem, such as a digestive issue, headaches, and allergies, according to Lisa Cohn is a nutritionist and owner of Park Avenue Nutrition in New York City.
  • School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

    School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

    Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.
    Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.
  • Bacteria may survive longer in contact lens solution than thought

    Bacteria may survive longer in contact lens solution than thought

    Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.
    Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices