Kids and Medications


By Molly Clifton

New research shows labeling an otherwise healthy infant as having a disease makes parents more eager to give their child medication, even if they’re told the drugs are ineffective.

The study evaluated how parents who came to a pediatric clinic in Michigan responded to a hypothetical problem of an infant who cries and spits up excessively but has no other health issues.

Some of the parents were told the babies had gastroesophogeal reflux disease, or GERD.

They were more likely to want medications for their children, even when told they were not effective.


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