AAP: No codeine prescribed for kids under 12
Children under the age of 12 should not be given prescriptions containing codeine. according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (“AAP”).
Their recommendation was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics and cites the risk of side effects, including breathing problems and even death.
Codeine is an opiate drug once commonly used in over-the-counter cough syrups and as a painkiller; however, experts note a rare genetic variation makes some people metabolize it too quickly.
This could potentially result in excessive sleepiness and difficulty breathing.
According to the Associated Press, this new warning mirrors concerns from the Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA) about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain.
ABC News reports between 1969 and May 2012, the FDA reported ten deaths and three overdoses associated with codeine.