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Can I give my baby adult medication like acetaminophen?

Can I give my baby adult medication like acetaminophen?

Yes, But!: But not the same dose. Must be age and weight adjusted to be safe. Note, the liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) for children recommends you ask your doctor if child is less than 2 years old, and so you should ask your doctor to help you adjust the correct dose for your child. I agree with dr. Lindor and katz that it is better not to adjust it on your own, and not to give an adult medicine to an infant. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby over-the-counter medication for a cold?

Can I give my baby over-the-counter medication for a cold?

No: It's best to avoid OTC cold medicines as they may have bad side effects in young children. In addition, many of them do not seem to work well in young babies anyway so it's not worth taking any risks. Try saline nasal spray and a cool-mist humidifier instead. Upright positioning while sleeping may also be beneficial. Tlc and lots of fluids go a long way as well! ...Read more

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Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

No: Although as parents we want to do everything we can to help our children, cold medicines have not been shown to be beneficial, and are potentially harmful to young children. In fact, over the last several years the government has begun removing these products from the market. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter (otc) medications can I give my child for a cold?

What over-the-counter (otc) medications can I give my child for a cold?

None: These are no longer recommeded for children as the risk of the meds is greater than any benefit. I recommend for my patients just nasal saline spray, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, and plenty of liquids. ...Read more

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How much children's Advil can I give my 23 month old son? He is 28 pounds. Infant Advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not working

How much children's Advil can I give my 23 month old son? He is 28 pounds. Infant Advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not working

Why not working?: I hope you are using the pain/fever reducers for "comfort care" and not chasing numbers on the thermometer. Infant advil (ibuprofen) has the same ingredient as childrens only it is more concentrated. A maximum dose is: infant advil: 2.5ml every 8 hrs versus children's advil 5ml every 8 hrs. See your doctor if you find your son is not improving over time. ...Read more

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Can I have my 15 month baby Benadryl and singular? If so how much Benadryl can I give her she weighs 24 pounds?

Can I have my 15 month baby Benadryl and singular? If so how much Benadryl can I give her she weighs 24 pounds?

You should: NOT give your 15 month old ANYTHING without the input of a PEDIATRIC medical provider or Family Physician! My opinion only Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I give my 2 year old a fever reducing suppository and a children's liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or motrin?

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Can I give my 2 year old a fever reducing suppository and a children's liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or motrin?

Children fever: First thing first .Why the child have fever? any cough, runny nose, wheezing , or any skin rash, etc...Does the child look OK or he is real sick. Does he need to the doctor right away or not? One of danger is high fever can cause febrile seizure. Ibuprofen in appropriate dose if he is older than 6 months could help. Sponge bath,ice pack, bath in luke warm water also very effective too. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my child tylenol (acetaminophen)?

When can I start giving my child tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Usually...: The first use of Acetaminophen is usually to treat or decrease fever, crying or swelling after a vaccine shot, which usually happens after 6 weeks of age. Fevers unrelated to vaccination are of greater concern in very young infants, since any infection can be serious in a child with an inexperienced immune system. ...Read more

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Can i give my 10 month old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if so what dosage?

Can i give my 10 month old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if so what dosage?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Yes, but the dose is based on weight, not age. I believe there is a website that calculates dosages of otc meds for parents. I think it's called "kiddose". ...Read more

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I have a 9 month old baby girl. I accidentally bought children's acetametiphen instead of infant's. Do I need to go exchange it or is there a dosage appropriate for infants?

I have a 9 month old baby girl. I accidentally bought children's acetametiphen instead of infant's. Do I need to go exchange it or is there a dosage appropriate for infants?

Fine to use : As long as the proper dosage per weight is given, it doesn't matter what preparation you use. The infant drop preparation is more concentrated & helps moms who struggle with kids to get the medicine down. Verify the concentration of the product you bought. Most have 160mg/5ml. The average 9m girl @ ~19lb would get 1/2 tsp every 6-8h. ...Read more

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Can you give a 5 month old baby tylenol (acetaminophen) our aspirin. May have ear infection.

Can you give a 5 month old baby tylenol (acetaminophen) our aspirin.  May have ear infection.

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) no aspirin : We have not recommended Aspirin for kids under 16 for decades, after it was found linked to acute liver and brain damage during certain illnesses.Tylenol (acetaminophen) at a dose of 10 mg/kg every 4 hours is often used for discomfort. ...Read more

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Can I give my 4 yr old adult benadryl (diphenhydramine) if I give her 1/2 of a pill?

Can I give my 4 yr old adult benadryl (diphenhydramine) if I give her 1/2 of a pill?

If she'll take it: Pill cutters are not very accurate and most of these tabs are not scored for cutting, however, at that age it might work in a pinch. Most tablets are 25mg which would me more than most 4 yo would need, a true half would be a little less.Sedation is likely whatever the dose. ...Read more

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I have 9month baby how much infant Advil (ibuprofen) should I give him for a fever?

I have 9month baby how much infant Advil (ibuprofen) should I give him for a fever?

Depends on weight: Here is a link to the advil (ibuprofen) site for weight-based dosing. Good luck! http://childrens.Advil.Com/infants-advil (ibuprofen)-drops. ...Read more

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Gave 4 yr old infant tyenol and threw it up can I give more medicine?

Gave 4 yr old infant tyenol and threw it up can I give more medicine?

Basic rule: I generally follow a simple rule on oral medicines.Any spit-up within 15min where i can see or smell the med i will repeat the full dose. 15-30 half, after 30 none.Sometimes it is better to give the stomach a chance to settle down rather that repeating immediately. ...Read more

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Can i give homeo teething drop and baby tonic to my 6month old baby? Is it safe for his health or should i discontinue these medicine?

Can i give homeo teething drop and baby tonic to my 6month old baby? Is it safe for his health or should i discontinue these medicine?

Not FDA approved: Homeopathic medications and treatments sold over the counter are largely not evaluated by the FDA, so their safety and efficacy are not well documented. Consultation with a physician with specialty training in complimentary medications and treatments may be helpful. ...Read more

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