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Children's Dimetapp Cold And Cough
Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?
Old medication: This is a product sold by prescription 3 decades ago but available over the counter for the last 2. It underwent a formulation change about 10 yrs ago, reducing its strength. At about the same time most realized these products have little value and advised against use under 6. I find this dose a little heavy, by double (when used for allergies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dimetapp is a brand name of a cold medicine that contains brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that prevents sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose; and other symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, which reduces the blood flow to certain areas and allows nasal ...Read more
Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it everyday for over two months? My fiances son has really bad allergies and had been on childrens claritin. Recently, someone had switched him to dimetapp cold and cough after he did in fact get a
No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can eliminate or reduce the exposure to the problem instead of medicating the child. Get a referral to a good allergist from your pediatrician of family doc or even word of mouth and solve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold medicines: Not a drop! dimetapp and any of otc cold and cough medications do not help relieve symptoms, are useless, money-waster and can cause unwanted bad side effects in your 4yo. The best approach? Give him lots of fluids (water), use saline nasal spray/drops or hot steam inhalation in the bathroom, use humidifier if weather is already cold at night, and give honey to suppress cough especially at night. ...Read more
Is it safe to give my 2 year old a 1/2 tsp of dimetapp cold and cough it was dosed out for her at one time but the paper fell out of the box ?
Depends: There are so many different types of cough and cold medications it is impossible without knowing which specific one you are referring to. Most of these medications are no longer recommended for young children because of their side effects. Nasal saline spray is a good starting point. ...Read more
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My 5 months old baby girl is having cold and a bad cough does can I give her dimetapp she is about 6.5kg?
No Dimetapp for baby: Dimetapp is not likely to help and could be dangerous to a child that young. The us food and drug administration recommends against the use of over-the-counter cold medicines for kids under 6 years old. If you're concerned about your child's symptoms it may be wise to ask your doctor what things you can do to help her. ...Read more
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