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> Really? No one has ever had a cold and cough that kept them up all night? No one has taken something to calm the cough down and gotten releif?
--> I realise you refer here to some of the other replies on this thread, but to clarify my own previous contribution...
That we do not prescribe, give or even stock these meds in the ED is not related to their proven benefits or otherwise. It's simply an issue of the need for the ED to be a step in the management of colds, etc.
> I think the over arching factor is compassion for the child and to do no harm
--> Yes. And for us this means not dealing with symptomatic congestion or other cold symptoms in order to be able to reserve compassionate resources for patients with emergency conditions. We generously allow the opportunity to exercise compassion also to our pharmacist colleagues (and supermarket check-outs) and their compassionate domain in this case is the provision of cold & cough stuff. I have no objection to any harmless "cough syrup" that may be "used" by a parent any more than I object to certain harmless "organic foods" with similar evidence of benefit.
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