Babies and young children are being dangerously exposed to additives in medicines that are banned in food and drinks for the same age group.
A survey of 41 medicines aimed at infants under three found only one product that did not contain prohibited artificial additives. It showed azo dye colourings in five products and multiple artificial sweeteners and preservatives in the majority of products.
Some medicines warned the additives they contained could have harmful side-effects, such as allergic reactions and diarrhoea.
The survey was carried out by The Food Magazine. A spokesman said: 'Whilst many children will be able to consume these products safely, there will be many who suffer allergic reactions to these additives.'