Parenting Alert: Doctors Warn Against Giving Codeine to Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors and parents should choose another remedy because of the risk of dangerous side effects and even death when codeine is given to children.
1:00 | 09/19/16

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A new medical warning for parents the American academy of pediatrics is now urging doctors to not prescribed the pain medication coding to kids. Doctor rich investors here in which we are going up it's like all the cough syrups. Encoding and so what does this report saying yes it did you know co mean it's a prescription medication is used as a cough suppressive. -- is a pain reliever primarily by a year in prison for doctors after taking up consoles and by dentists after procedures but here's the problem. Coding itself it has no effect it has to go through the liver can be converted to more feet very strong growth. Well some people convert very quickly and some very slowly and if you convert a lot and very quickly. He can suppress your breathing and in some children be actually get so what should parents do a lot of this morning. Well there's into doctors' first thing twice even three times about using this drug think about something else. But as a parent if you're ever if your child ever prescribed and no Hewitt a narcotic ask is there anything else that we could use here that would have the effect and if you do that. You may get a drug that's safer so always a last resort example smoking and excessive thanks very much.

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