Natural Choices Available for Parents after FDA Questions Children’s Cough, Cold and Flu Medicines
Newtown Square, Pa. – In 2007, a panel of health experts assembled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was “uncomfortable” with the risks of decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants proportional to the estimated benefits for children based on using a fraction of doses shown to relieve symptoms in adults. To help parents wondering how to ease their children’s winter woes, Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, created Children’s Oscillococcinum® for flu-like symptoms and Children’s Coldcalm® Pellets for colds. Parents are now able to more easily find these safe and reliable over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in the children’s aisle, along with Boiron’s established Children’s Chestal® for coughs.
These homeopathic cough, cold and flu medicines do not contain any of the ingredients under question for use in youngsters. Their active ingredients are micro-doses of natural ingredients. Since homeopathic medicines are not body-mass dependent, there’s no need to give more or less medicine depending on body weight. There’s no risk of overdose, nor are there reported side effects such as making children jittery or drowsy. In general, homeopathic medicine is considered one of the safest choices for self-treatment. These medicines do not interact with other medications, herbs or supplements. Nor do they “mask” symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition.
“They work in a different way,” says the Los Angeles-based Lauren Feder, M.D., author of Natural Baby and Childcare (Hatherleigh Press, 2006). “The principle is that the body knows what to do best for itself. Rather than suppressing symptoms, these medicines work with the body by sending it a signal to help rebalance itself and heal. For example, a cough suppressant works against the body, but a homeopathic cough syrup like Children’s Chestal acts as an expectorant.”
Dr. Feder, whose general practice consists primarily of children, says it is not dangerous to combine homeopathic medicines with other substances in case parents decide to administer a cold medicine on top of cough syrup.
On the U.S. market since 1996, Children’s Chestal cough syrup simplifies the process of choosing a cough medicine by creating an economical multi-cough formula for everyone ages 2 and up. First, the natural goodness of purified honey in Children’s Chestal coats and soothes your little one’s throat. The sweet honey also makes the syrup a pleasure to take.
Next, the blend of safe homeopathic medicines then set to work loosening chest congestion and thereby making coughs due to minor throat and bronchial irritation that may occur with a cold more productive. Children’s Chestal is your day and night solution—calming those dry, fitful coughs at bedtime so they don’t prevent sleep, but without drowsy side effects for the day.
All Boiron products are regulated as drugs by the FDA1 and are clearly labeled for specific indications, making directions easy for parents to understand. They are manufactured according to the highest standards, complying with drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).
Free of artificial colors and flavors and PPA, Children’s Chestal is non-habit forming. It can be found in the children’s aisle or in the cough, cold and flu section of health food stores and pharmacies nationwide.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sec 400.400 Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed (CPG7132.15). Available at: www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgdrg/cpg400-400.html.
About Boiron: Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, is a $852 million public company with 3,700 employees and distribution in 59 countries. It is best known for Oscillococcinum®, a top-selling flu medicine, and its Arnicare® line of pain relievers. For more than 80 years, Boiron has been committed to funding scientific research and educating the public and healthcare professionals on homeopathic medicines. As a pharmaceutical company, Boiron maintains the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices.