Physicians once often prescribed Codeine to children for moderate pain relief. Many brand of over-the-counter cough medicine still contain it.

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Discard any children’s medication containing Codeine

Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends to all its members to no longer prescribe Codeine to children. Likewise, parents and caregivers should no longer give it in any form to children.

According to a new clinical report in the October 2016 issue of Pediatrics, children under the age of 18 should avoid use of Codeine.

It can suppress breathing and places children, especially those with any form of respiratory issue, at risk.