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what is the best fever and cough nedicine for a toddler?

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Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
For fever: fluids,Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. No OTC cough medications for children they do not work ad can be dangerous if given too much. A cool mist vaporizer is helpful.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
No cough meds: There are NO GOOD cough medicines for toddlers. The studies very clearly show they don't work and have undesirable side effects. Try some honey in tea, warm showers and a humidifier. With regard to fever reducer, remember fever is just a symptom and doesn't usually "need" treatment. However, if the child is feeling bad because of the fever, then acetaminophen and ibuprofen work equally as well.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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