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QOD: Is Bo Ying compound safe to relieve flu and cold symptoms in children?

Bo Ying compound is a product sold both in retail stores and online, marketed to treat symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and other flu symptoms.

Manufacturers claim this product is safe for infants and children. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disagrees. They warn parents not to purchase this product due to the potential lead poisoning risk from the high lead levels in the product.

If you have given Bo Ying to your child, contact your child’s pediatrician right away to make sure he or she does not have toxic levels of lead, which can be confirmed by a simple blood test. Chronic lead exposure can lead to serious problems, including but not limited to cognitive impairments, behavioral problems, and low IQ.

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