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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 more
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
Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it every day 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 more
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?
Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs
Can I give my 18 month old children's dimetapp dm elixir cold&cough?? And how much if so?? Also am I able to give with Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Motrin?? Thanks
Would not recommend : The american academy of pediatrics has stated that children under 3 should not receive cough/cold medications. Multiple studies have shown that they do not help and there have been several deaths reported as a result of giving these medications. An acceptable alternative for relieving cough is honey--either in tea or as honey-based cough medications. Plenty of fluids are also important,. ...Read more
My 5 months old baby girl is having cold and a bad cough does can I give her dimetapp she is about 6.5kg?
Bad selection: These preparations were once used commonly and even prescribed. They contain antihistamines and decongestants. Unfortunately they thicken secretions making it harder for infants to cough out accumulated mucous, and have not real benefit. Their only plus was giving parents something to do. It is best to remove irritants from baby's environment.(Smoke/fragrance)Saline nose wash helps the most. ...Read more
My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.
Not recommended: Research has shown that cough and cold medicines offer little benefit to young children and can have serious side effects. Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) can help with pain and discomfort, while a vaporizer or time in the bathroom with the hot shower running can loosen congestion and help with cough. Saline nasal spray can help with a runny nose. ...Read more
My son has been coughing for a couple of days and was prescribed prednisolone which I started today. Not releven cough can I give dimetapp?
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My baby is 4 months old he has a bad cough and stuffy nose I went to the dr today and he prescribed dimetapp for him 0.7 ml twice a day is that ok?
My son is taking amoxicillin for strep. his throat is killing him and he has a cough can i give him dimetapp?
Yes..but..: You didn't provide his age. Studies in the US have found little if any benefit of Dimetapp or similar meds to kids under 12 & it is specifically discouraged under 6. If it makes you feel better to do something it would not hurt him. I find a little lemon juice in honey a few times a day is soothing to such a throat. ...Read more
My 5 yr is on amoxicillin 4 ear but also seems 2 have allergy type symptoms, runny nose, cough, watery eyes. Could I give dimetapp even tho under 6?
Consider "none": These used to be given out routinely as prescription meds before they became over the counter. Now we don't recommend them at all under 6 if at all. So many kids ended up in ER's with overdoses that they took a look at the benefit/risk analysis. If you just want to be doing something, it can be done, but studies show no true benefit under 6. ...Read more
Can I take children's triaminic syrup day time cold and cough, or children's triaminic syrup long acing cough while pregnant? I'm 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant
Can I give a 3 yr old cold and cough Robitussin (guaifenesin) and motrin at the same time (children's)?
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Cough: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing& cough. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from baby's environment & this will happen less. ...Read more
Best cold treatment: Days 1-3 are the itchy, sneezy, runny phase. Take antihistamine and, if you can get it, ipratropium bromide .06% nasal spray. Days 4-7 are the congestion phase. Use afrin 12 hour nasal decongestant spray --don't use it for more than three days -- to keep you nose open. If you are not completely better within two weeks from when it started, then you probably have a complication like sinusitis. ...Read more
Nothing much: A cold and cough in an otherwise healthy 22 month should run its course over a 1-2 week period. There really are no proven or, more importantly, safe medications that will help your child. Using nasal saline with suction may help relieve some nasal symptoms. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever. ...Read more
Time and patience: Colds go away in spite of, not because of, all the over-the-counter remedies we use. Some feels better with humidified air, but make sure your humidifier is clean. Decongestants and cough suppressants (used short term) can reduce symptoms of runny nose, but cough meds are better at helping you sleep than at reducing cough. Make sure your little one drinks enough fluids to avoid dehydration. ...Read more
Yes: Coughing is necessary to clear secretions and infectious stuff from the lungs. It basically helps keep the lungs clean. ...Read more
No cough suppressant: Many pediatric studies have shown that cough suppressants do not work in children, and some kids have adverse drug reactions to them. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen would be fine for any pain relief if they have muscle aches or a headache (both hard to evaluate in a 1.3 year old). If they seem uncomfortable it is ok to try a dose to see if they improve. ...Read more
Some ideas: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Is it normal or common for a 2yr old to still be sick with a cold and cough after 3 1/2 almost 4 weeks now?
No: There may be something else going on. You should see you pediatrician. ...Read more
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
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