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can you give a 4 year childrens delsym (dextromethorphan) along with a breathing treatment for coughing?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Delsym (dextromethorphan): Delsym (dextromethorphan) is a cough suppressant and opposes the action of the breathing treatment. It is also not recommended for children under 6
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
49 years experience Pediatrics
Not recommended: If you're giving breathing treatment, I presume his cough is due to his wheezing, which comes from the lungs. Delsym is a cough suppressant which is supposed to suppress the cough caused by an irritation in the back of the throat. So it wouldn't help unless your doctor tells you that your child also has post nasal drip and told you to use Delsym for that.
Answered on Sep 10, 2014
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Yes, you can: Give the breathing treatment first to see if that helps, use a cool mist vaporizor if available in child's room at night. If severe coughing, rapid respirations, trouble talking for child, to urgent care, after hours pediatrics, or ER
Answered on Sep 7, 2014
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Cough and cold preparations are now recommended for 6 and above to prevent overdoses from mostly benadryl as an ingredient in mutliple medications and tylenol. Recent recommendation within last few years, as per colleague's post.
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Call your pediatric call service to talk to a pediatrician on-call if worried as well. Follow dose on box, 1/2 teaspoon every 12 hours, no more than 5 cc or ml in 24 hours. Make sure it does not contain anything but dextromethorphan in the ingredients first.
Sep 7, 2014

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Yes: The two can be given concurrently and do not compete with one another.
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No need to wait.: You can give him a dose of Acetaminophen now. Delsym is dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant and does not interact with concurrent acetaminophen.
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Medicine: You can give him both medications but expect him to be very sleepy, in other words, be careful in how you treat your child.
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