ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A recent poll suggests that 40 percent of all parents are giving their young children medications to which they should not yet be exposed.

The National Poll on Children’s Health, conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of the University of Michigan, found that many parents are treating children under the age of 4 with inappropriate medications.

Cough medicines, decongestants and multi-symptom cough and cold medications were all given to the young kids of 40 percent of the parents who participated in the poll, the website Science Recorder learned.

National Poll Director Dr. Matthew M. Davis noted in a University of Michigan press release obtained by the science news website that such medications, when given to children who are too young for them, could come with serious side effects.

Additionally, he claimed that the medications do little to heal the children taking them.

The effects of accidental medication poisonings are reportedly seen in 71,000 children per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The Food and Drug Administration has additionally condemned the use of such medicines on children under the age of two, according to Science Recorder.

Researchers reportedly urged parents to consult with doctors before administering any treatments – including over-the-counter ones – to their children.

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