Dr. Ronald Turner
Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.
Host: Can I give any cold medicine to my children?
Ronald Turner: Well, I think first of all there are some treatments that are beneficial, that are still approved and recommended for the children and so, for instance, the analgesics to relieve pain symptoms and that sort of things. Nothing has been changed about the recommending or allowing the use of those treatments in children. The other thing is this that there are topical nasal decongestants, nose drops, nose spray, that can be used in younger children, that aren t covered by what was discussed at the FDA. The FDA ruling was really directed at the old therapies that are used specifically for common cold symptoms.