The American Academy of Pediatrics accounts for a new report which shows the risks of administering codeine to children. The drug is generally believed to have fewer side effects than other medicine, but doctors suggest that it is not risk-free itself. This is why they advise parents not to give their children codeine.
Doctors tend to prescribe codeine and consider it one of the less dangerous opiates. The substance is one of the ingredients used for children medicine to treat their colds, to relieve pain, and even help them with their tonsillectomies. The researchers in charge with the new report suggest that it is safer for children to take other medication, and perhaps go through pain, rather than being exposed to the risks of codeine.
Researchers reached this conclusion after analyzing information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gathered over the past fifty years. According to their study, there were reported twenty-four cases which resulted in the death of children patients, due to codeine use. The side-effects of the same drug led to other medical problems in kids, such as respiratory problems. There were reported no less than sixty-four such cases.
Health officials at the American Academy of Pediatrics say that this new research is not addressed only to parents whose children are under eighteen years of age. The new results should stand as guidelines for doctors who prescribe medication too. The advice for them is to make the best medical decision for their patience and not falling into the routine of prescribing the same old medicine.
According to the recent investigation, it seems like dentists and doctors treating nose, ear and throat conditions are the most likely specialists to prescribe codeine. However, they should use other medication, such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol instead, as other health experts advise them.
Researchers argue that codeine is not the best pain reliever, as there are cases in which it doesn’t work properly. This happens with approximately a third of the patients. Moreover, the risks with it being administered to children are greater than with adults. Among the most common side effects are breathing problems and the tendency of sleeping more than necessary.
Parents are always encouraged to ask for a second opinion if they are not satisfied with the treatment that their doctor prescribed for their children.
The new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics was published earlier this week, on September 18.
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