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Natural Alternatives to Cold Medicine for Kids (and You!)

If you haven't already tuned out any conversation about giving your children cough and cold medication when they're under the weather, this should do it. The Food and Drug Administration has strengthened its warning on prescription cold medicine, stating that no product containing opioid ingredients such as hydrocodone or codeine should be given to children – of any age.
That's ages 0-17, in case you're wondering.

New language being added to warning labels on all prescription cold medicines will indicate that the risks of using the products outweigh the benefits in children and should only be used by adults ages 18 and older.

What about over-the-counter cold medication? Well, in the past decade, the FDA has already issued several warnings and required language to be added to labels limiting their use in kids. In fact, a consumer update on the FDA website titled "Most Young Children With a Cough or Cold Don't Need Medicine" makes its position abundantly clear, especially for the youngest (ages 2 and under); while a 2016 update, "Use Caution When Giving Cough and Cold Products to Kids," offers additional safety information and includes alternative treatments that may work better.

What alternative treatments you may ask? The FDA mentions cool mist humidifiers, saline nose drops/spray, and drinking plenty of liquids among the nondrug options including Congaplex®.  

Congaplex® is an essential nutrient for your immune system’s fight against infections
A combination of Cataplex A, Cataplex C and Thymex for the enhancement of your own ability to fight infections whether viral or bacterial.
Cataplex A: Responsible for the health and maintenance of the mucous membranes, which are the protective barrier of our body.
Cataplex C: Promotes phagocytosis(bacteria eating); immune resistance, vascular integrity, increases oxygen carrying capacity of the blood stream and activation of adrenal glands.
Thymex: Promotes phagocytic (bacteria eating) and white blood cell activity (immune cells); aids in decongesting lymphatic drainage, stimulates healing and defense mechanisms against bacterial and viral infection; stimulates general thymus immune response. And most importantly Congaplex® comes in chewable for kids!! Pick up a bottle at your next appointment or call to pick yours up today!


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