Generic Meds OK for Young Kids

Officials say parents should feel safe about giving generic over-the-counter drugs to sick infants, children.


With cold and flu season looming, health officials are recommending that parents give sick kids generic versions of recalled medications, USA Today reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics is emphasizing that generic versions of children's Tylenol and Motrin are cheaper and just as effective, according to the USA Today report.

Some children's Tylenol and Motrin products remain unavailable after being removed from shelves in April. The medications' parent company, Johnson & Johnson, had eight recalls in the last year—136 million bottles of children's medicines including Children's Tylenol, Motrin Infant Drops, Children's Benadryl and Zyrtec.

Public health officials continue urging expectant moms and women with children to gear up for the upcoming cold and flu season. If you're pregnant, it's safe for you to receive a flu shot—and you're encouraged to do so! The seasonal flu shot for 2010 will protect you against regular flu viruses expected this winter plus the pandemic H1N1 flu virus.

If your baby gets a cold, browse through our list of safe alternatives to over-the-counter medications to help your little one feel better.

Plus, check out our Flu Season Tips and Links to get you ready for any winter sickness.