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A 30-year-old member asked:

how can you give a child cough medicine?

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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Cough: Age of the child and presenting clinical condition are important factors to consider before answering this question.Is your child having breathing difficulty, fever, could he/she have swallowed a small object, how long has the cough been going on, is your child less than 2 years old, does he/she have asthma.Cough is a protective reflex of your large airways, a prolonged cough could be bad.Call your md.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Anyone know what is a great cough medicine for a child?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Coughing is nature's way of clearing the respiratory tree. Cough is not necessarily bad. If couging is to the point of repeated vomiting, inability to sleep or eat or causing other interference with necessary activities, then a cough suppressant may be needed. Otc dextromethorphan at age and weight appropriate dosing is okay. A prescripition is rarely needed. If that ill, must see pcp.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can cough medicine or antibiodics be safely given to a child under 5 yrs old?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Completely...: ...Different answers. Cough medicines tend to be pretty useless, and antibiotics should only be used when they are needed, and they may be needed at any time starting with birth.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of giving child under 6 cough medicine?

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Dr. Javed Hussain
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depends: There are many types of cough medicines, each medicine has its own side effect. Most common is sleepiness or drowsiness.
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A 32-year-old male asked about a 4-year-old male:

My child is 4. Can he talk cough medicine?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Some of them: The best thing to do is ask your child's doctor. Many of the over-the-counter cough meds have been shown to be ineffective in children, or cause side effects. When I do use one, I tend to use a simple antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec) instead of a combination med. Honey (in warm water or tea) has also been found to be effective for cough- in children over 2 yrs old.

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