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A 25-year-old female asked about a female:

Can i give my 18 month old a chest congestion medicine? (guaifenesin) she had an ear infection and is done with that now this bad mucus cough!

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
OTC cold meds: Most over the counter cough and cold preparations in the children's section are FDA approved for children aged 2 years and older. Guaifenesin is generally regarded as safe as long as not combined with other medications such as decongestants or cough suppressants. These medications do not treat the illness, they mask the symptoms to promote comfort and rest.
Dr. Adetokunboh Ajoku
Pediatrics 44 years experience
No: Cough medicines do not help chest congestions in children. A chest congestion with a lot of mucus probably means bronchiolitis. See your Pediatrician

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