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Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.

Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.

? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. This often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & SUCTIONING the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. Cough syrups make them worse. Nasal drops without suction are a waste of time. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Pleas tell me a best cough syrup?

Pleas tell me a best cough syrup?

Guaifesin: Guaifesin based cough medicines are good, but in reality they are about the same. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

No cough syrup: There have been a number of studies showing that children's cough and cold medicines do not help and in some cases, children experience unpleasant side effects. It can be frustrating to deal with a cough, especially at night. Saline nasal spray, humidified air, or sleeping with the head somewhat propped up using extra pillows works for some. ...Read more

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I consumed duro-tuss cough syrup & breastfed my 1 year old. Will it cause any health affecting damage to my baby? I didn't know & am worried.

I consumed duro-tuss cough syrup & breastfed my 1 year old. Will it cause any health affecting damage to my baby? I didn't know & am worried.

Mgt: I would advise limiting the use of medications while breast feeding. To relieve cold symptoms, use nasal saline and throat lozenges instead. Drink fluids and stay well rested. If you develop a prolonged cough, produce sputum for more than one week, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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I gave my 18months baby a cough syrup prospan (dried ivy leaf extract for 3 days &found out that I should have shaked the bottle. Did I harm my baby?

I gave my 18months baby a cough syrup prospan (dried ivy leaf extract for 3 days &found out that I should have shaked the bottle. Did I harm my baby?

Cough syrups: No cough medication has been safely approved for children at that age. At this time the american academy of pediatrics recommends honey in children over a year old for cough relief. I am not familiar with ivy leaf extract so I can't give you a final answer on it but definitely can advise you not to use any meds that have not been recommended by your pediatritian. If it was px call prescriber x advise. ...Read more

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7 months old baby girl with a cough. Should I give her children's cough syrup?

7 months old baby girl with a cough. Should I give her children's cough syrup?

No: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants trigger cough.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from baby's environment & this will happen less. No cough syrup!!! ...Read more

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What's best remedy for weather-change triggered wet cough? I have been taking cough syrup, not very effective!

What's best remedy for weather-change triggered wet cough? I have been taking cough syrup, not very effective!

Asthma suspected: I suspect you may have seasonal asthma and it may be worth looking into it if this is a recurrent event for you. Chronic bronchitis may also present like that, have you ever tried any inhalers. ...Read more

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Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

I wouldn't: The nasal & airway structure of young infants is quite different from older kids or adults. Studies have shown no benefit of cough/cold preparations to kids under 6. They also reflect a large number of ER visits and poison control calls from these meds. If you need something to do, keep track of fluid intake. That is more important overall & more likely to help baby. ...Read more

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Is phenergan (promethazine) cough syrup safe for 1 month old baby, because she is giving us sleepless nites?

Is phenergan (promethazine) cough syrup safe for 1 month old baby, because she is giving us sleepless nites?

Do not use: Unfortunately the Phenergan (promethazine) has been linked to apnea (not breathing) as a complication under the age of 2 yrs. I would never use it or any other cough syrup for a 1mo. A saline nose wash is the only recommended treatment at that age. ...Read more

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Can cough syrup and vitamin C D drop cause napy rashes to my 4 month old baby?

Can cough syrup and vitamin C D drop cause napy rashes to my 4 month old baby?

Vit C Could: I think you are saying "diaper rashes" And yes the vitamin C could definitely cause a diaper rash due to its acidity. I would discontinue its use. ...Read more

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Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Can I take nyquill with cough syrup?

Not a good idea: There are several versions of nyquil and most if not all of them contain cough medicine. Taking another cough syrup would probably give you too much dextromethorophan. ...Read more

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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so, maybe not.
Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age. ...Read more

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What amount cough syrup can kill you?

What amount cough syrup can kill you?

Don't test it: Cough syrup is not a health drink or a way to get intoxicated. Do not test the limit of how much to drink. ...Read more

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Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Cough: Is necessary attempt by the body to clear undesirable irritants. I do rarely recommend cough suppressants. I recommend expectorates. Many are available over the counter in any pharmacy in the US ...Read more

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What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

W/DM: Likely with dextramethorphan a cough suppressant. Show it to your pharmacist for confirmation, side effects and if you should take it. All the best. ...Read more

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Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Cough syrup: Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, while Guaifenesin loosens mucous. Either will help, and some syrups have both. If you have a fever, or your phlegm is discolored, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

Cough meds: Greetings. The active ingredients in cough medication is usually guifenessin which is a mucus thinning agent and dextramethorathan which is a cough suppressant. Check with your pharmacist for confirmation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cough syrup with codeine?

Can you tell me about cough syrup with codeine?

May be a good: Choice to relieve symptoms at night and perhaps provide for a good night's sleep until your body and the other medicines you are taking help with your condition. ...Read more

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Help please! Is drinking cough syrup bad for you?

Help please! Is drinking cough syrup bad for you?

Potentially: Cough syrups may contain a variety of active ingredients such as first generation antihistamines, mucolytics (break up mucus), cough suppressants (dextromethorphan), narcotics (codeine) and alcohol. While most people tolerate these just fine and the cough improves, I prefer to treat the "cause" of the cough rather than just the suppress symptoms. Be careful with any and all medications! ...Read more

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Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Flavoring: Milk makes mucus, so you may be defeating your own purpose by giving cough medicine with milk. I know cough medicine tastes bad so try some other flavoring or ask the pharmacist for help. ...Read more

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What amount codeine do you get in your cough syrup?

Promethazine/Codeine: Promethazine Hydrochloride 6.25 mg/5 mL and Codeine Phosphate 10 mg/5 mL. Promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate syrup is indicated for the temporary relief of coughs and URS associated with allergy or the common cold. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it helpful if I took cough syrup with codeine and?

Helpful for what: Symptoms? Cough syrup with Codeine and what? Please clarify what your question is and re-ask. ...Read more

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Please tell me what is so bad about abusing cough syrup?

Several reasons: Cough syrup (cough suppressant) only treats the cough and not the underlying condition that is "causing" the cough. Also, some cough syrups contain narcotic medication which can lead to addiction. In the long run, it is a good idea to avoid medications with addiction potential. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take too much codeine cough syrup?

Is it possible for me to take too much codeine cough syrup?

Absolutely!: Codeine is a narcotic. Although weaker than many narcotics, it still has the same potential side effects from addiction to constipation, respiratory depression, and death. Only use according to prescription instructions and no more. ...Read more

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How many days can we give cough syrup to a 9 year old child?

COUGH: You can give cough syrup at bedtime as long as he is still coughing for 1 to 2 weeks ...Read more

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What should I do to get codeine cough syrup prescribed to you?

What should I do to get codeine cough syrup prescribed to you?

Cough syrup: You need to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How much codeine cough syrup do somebody have to take to overdose?

How much codeine cough syrup do somebody have to take to overdose?

It depends: It depends on the weight of the person, the amount of confine in the product, and the other ingredients. If there is Acetaminophen in the syrup, an overdose can be fatal. Seek medical attention now. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get codeine cough syrup out of your system?

For What?: Why are you asking? For a drug test? To take other medication? To be not detected? ...Read more

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I am drinking cough syrup for cough from a month. Is it good to use so long?

I am drinking cough syrup for cough from a month. Is it good to use so long?

Chronic cough: Drinking cough syrup long term is not healthy. More concerning is your cough, which is not getting better after 1 month. You should make an appointment to see your primary care doctor soon. Your testing should include a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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I can not take codine & codone. Is there another cough syrup similar to take?

I can not take codine & codone. Is there another cough syrup similar to take?

Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan is present in many otc cough preparations, such as robitussin, (guaifenesin) delsym a& bentylin dm to name a few. If your cough persists longer than 3 weeks, see your physician. ...Read more

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Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Codeine: I think the best cough syrup for a nine year old whose cough is a post nasal drip and interfering with sleep, both the nine year olds and his parents, is something like Robitussin with Codeine which is available as a generic and though it does not taste very good is usually very effective. I would start with a teaspoon of honey first for milder cases before the codeine. ...Read more