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4 Your Health: Allergy medicine for children and troubling news about mental illness

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Tucson- An increasing number of Americans are mentally ill but fewer people have access to health care services.

A new study from New York University finds three and a half percent of the population, about eight million people, suffer from serious psychological distress. Access to health care has decreased for mentally ill patients over the past ten years.

It's not clear why but researchers suggest it could be due to doctor shortages, insurance coverage for mental health and the cost of psychiatric medications.

Improperly dosing children

Many parents are confused when it comes to choosing allergy medications for their children.

A new poll from the University Of Michigan found one in seven parents gave their young child allergy medicine labeled for adults and sometimes gave them an adult dose.

The majority of parents used medications they already had at home and one in five did not check the expiration date first.

Experts advise parents to carefully read the ingredients on the box of allergy medications, be sure to match your child's symptoms to the medicine in the product and always double check the dosage.

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