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Are cough drops safe for almost 4 year old kid?

Are cough drops safe for almost 4 year old kid?

Choking hazard: 3 is a little young, small children less than 5 are still at risk for this to be a choking hazard. I wouldn't give him one. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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My son is allergic to rocephin ibprofen and penicillin we gave himequate vaporizing rub children multi symptomns Mucinex ludens cough drops is thisOK?

My son is allergic to rocephin ibprofen and penicillin we gave himequate vaporizing rub children multi symptomns Mucinex  ludens cough drops is thisOK?

Likely a non issue : The OTC medications you have mentioned do not contain any of the compounds you have listed as allergenic to your son. That being said, they may contain medications that he is allergic to that you don't know about yet, so careful observation is warranted. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

Any thoughts on damage that can be done by possibly being addicted to cough drops?

Not many: Cough drops contain menthol and camphor mostly, and I am unaware of any complications of even heavy use of these. Many drops are sugared, and weight gain and tooth decay, gum problems may occur with heavy use. There is no potential for such drops to cause physical addiction, but psychological dependency can occur to many things. Some people are "oral" and need things in their mouths a lot. ...Read more

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Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

NO, Doubtful.: No, you would not die by taking 5 cough drops in a day, unless they got stuck in your throat and you choked on them. ...Read more

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How do cough drops work?

By soothing throat: Generally bu coating the dry irritated mucus membranes with a slippery substance like glycerin, or pectin. ...Read more

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Is it bad to eat a lot of cough drops per day?

Depends: Please refer to the ingredients in the cough drop and follow the warnings. ...Read more

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Just a quick thought. Can you overdose on cough drops?

Cough drop over dose: Usually cough drops are over the counter and mild in strength with recommended dosages from their packaging label. However too much of anything can be bad so stick to recommended doses. If coughing is still problematic consider another remedy such as a tablespoon of honey (one study showed efficacy from Buckwheat honey equivalent to prescription narcotic suppressants). Don't give honey to infants. ...Read more