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January 12, 2007

Albany - - If your infant is coughing and sneezing, you may want to think twice before you give him cough medicine.

The Centers for Disease Control says children under two should not receive cough syrup or cold medicine without receiving a recommendation from a doctor first.

Over a two year period, more than 1,500 toddlers and babies were hospitalized from bad reactions to cold medicine.

An investigation found many of the children had been given too much cough medicine.

There are no approved dosing recommendations for children under the age of two.

One doctor says the best medicine for toddlers are plenty of fluids and patience.

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