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Are common, over-the-counter medicines dangerous for your children?


The FDA has a warning for parents. An unlikely culprit in your medicine cabinet, something you don't think twice about giving your kids, could be harmful to them.

The things they are talking about include, common, everyday, over-the-counter eye drops and nasal decongestant sprays.

The main problem with these products is they're not required to have a child restraint closure.

This warning comes after almost 100 cases of children became seriously ill after accidentally ingesting the products.

Dr. Rachel Yankey, Family Medicine Physician from Blessing Physician Services says it only takes 1-2 mL of the product to make your child really sick.

 "The thing to look for is if you have any of these things around your home you want to go to the back of it and look under the active ingredients section and it's the derivative called the imidazoline. That's kind of hard to pronounce, but anything ending in that 'azoline,' 'l-i-n-e' with the 'z' in there...those are the things to be extra cautious about," said Dr. Yankey.

The products are sold under various brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as in generic and store brands.

There's been no reports of deaths linked to these products, but more than half of the cases did require hospitalization for nausea or even coma.

If a child accidentally swallows OTC redness-relief eye drops or nasal decongestant spray, call your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222) immediately.


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