C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor writes:

Do not give cough and cold medicine to kids under age four-even if the products are labeled as being for children.  More than 40% of parents say that they give their children under age four cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medicine.  But these medicines do not reduce the time an infection lasts, and they can cause serious side effects in young children, including uneven heart rate, sleep problems, confusion, hallucinations, nausea, and constipation.  Products marketed as being for children have been labeled since 2008 as not for kids under age four, but the information usually is in small print and is easy to miss.”

(This article appeared in Bottom Line personal, November 1, 2013)