Simplifying Science

Cold and Flu Medicine Vocab Lesson

When your child has a cold, the very best prescriptions are rest, chicken soup, and lots of TLC. If your feel desperate, though, you may find yourself standing in the aisles of the drug store staring at dozens of medications on the shelves. Here is a short course in what each of those "active ingredients" really does. (Don't forget the general rule: no over the counter cold medicines for kids under four!)