The Therapeutic Goods Administration insists that cold medicines as well as cough syrups should be strictly avoided in case of children, as per a recent report, even though there is not any safety risk related to the same.
It is being said that the medications are not only proven for putting children's health at risk, but are also not evident for their benefits in children. Besides, the findings are based on a study into the use of such medicines.
The group affirms that while it is believed that cough drugs offer a long-term relief from nasal congestion or a runny nose, the same is only temporary and for a bout.
A new advice has also been issued by the TGA after concerning the same, which says that children under six years of age should be completely kept far from these drugs. Also, those above six but below eleven should also be given the same only if prescribed by doctors.
Though, medics are in support, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians condemns on the ground that the same may leave patients to go for more harmful medication for their child. But, the TGA continues that avoidance may further prevent possible serious harms.