Placebos are 'more effective than no treatment' for children's coughs

October 28, 2014 2:03 PM

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Placebos are 'more effective than no treatment' for children's coughs

Coughs are one of the most common reasons for children to see a doctor. Although over-the-counter medications are available to treat coughs and colds in young children, there is little evidence to support them.

Because of this lack of evidence, as well as some safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not recommend the use of these over-the-counter medicines in children under 2 years old.

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