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Due to the risk of serious side effects, parents should not give cough and cold medications to children under the age of two unless specifically instructed to do so by a healthcare provider, according to a warning issued Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA has recevied reports of serious adverse events associated with use of cough and cold medications in children, and these incidents appear to be the result of parents giving too much of these medicines to their kids. FDA is advising parents to carefully follow the directions for use of any cough or cold medicine product. These instructions can be found in the "Drug Facts" box on the package label.