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Kids' ER visits fell after cold medicines' removal

CHICAGO (AP) - Government research finds a big drop in emergency room visits now that cough and cold medicines for very young children have been removed from store shelves.

But the study in the journal Pediatrics Monday presents a mixed bag. Some parents are still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines and many ER cases still involve youngsters who apparently got hold of the medications themselves and had bad reactions.

That suggests parents haven't discarded old bottles or kept them out of reach after manufacturers voluntarily withdrew medicines labeled for infants and kids up to age 2 in 2007.

Experts emphasized the need for parents to keep medicines well out of reach and out of sight of children.

Study senior author Dr. Daniel Budnitz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's also a need for better childproof containers.

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