A 2-year-old female asked:
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my 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
FDA approved: Over the counter cold medications are approved by the FDA for children 2 and older, when taken at the recommended doses.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Cold meds: Yes, there are many symptom relief meds that are approved for children over 2. Remembering that medications for colds are symptom relief and do not cure the common cold. Use one specified for the specific symptoms that are bothering her.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Safe or worthwhile ?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do.
Answered on Jun 7, 2017

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