BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to warn against the use of codeine and tramadol for children younger than 12. These drugs might cause their breathing to slow to a dangerously low pace, which might even lead to their death.
Thus, they advise all parents to avoid giving tramadol or codeine to their children and ask the pharmacist before buying medication if it contains these substances. Usually, these drugs were administered to release the pain after tonsil removal procedures but, since 2013, they contain a warning which advises against their use for children younger than 18.
Codeine and tramadol might even lead to death among children
This Thursday, the FDA issued a new and stronger warning against the use of opioids as painkillers for children. These are too powerful and might have terrible consequences if they are not administered right, especially for infants and children.
In 2016, the FDA looked at all the reports which documented adverse effects of tramadol and codeine use. The reports showed 24 cases of deaths of children younger than 18. They are planning to organize a meeting in which they would establish how opioid drugs for coughs and colds should be administered to children.
Nursing mothers should also be careful. If they have a rapid metabolism and take these types of drugs, they might pass the substances to their children through breast milk. Thus, these babies might also have their breathing rhythm affected even if they did not take the drugs themselves.
Never give your children cough medicine without a prescription
The most important thing that parents should keep in mind would be not to give their children any drugs without talking to a doctor first. They should seek medical advice and choose those drugs which are not dangerous for children. Those drugs should contain an FDA approval that they are safe for kids younger than 12.
Codeine is usually administered against colds and coughs, and it can be found in many cough syrups. Tramadol works against pain. However, they are opioids, so they might be dangerous even for some adults, not only for young children.
Usually, these drugs can only be purchased with a prescription, but some other over-the-counter medicine might contain these substances. Codeine is banned from children use in Europe, Canada, and Australia, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has been advising doctors not to prescribe this medicine for children since 1997.
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