Codeine Often Prescribed for Kids Despite Risk of Harm: Study [link to

Even though potentially harmful to children, codeine continues to be prescribed in emergency rooms, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. The study notes that guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, issued in 1997 and reaffirmed in 2006, warn about codeine’s potential dangers and lack of documented effectiveness in children who have coughs or upper respiratory infections.