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Children's Dimetapp Cold And Cough
Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful. Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...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
Can my 45 lb 4 yr old take children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough and similasan kids cold and mucus relief together?
Five year old daughter nonproductive cough. Children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough medicine not helping. Also tried vapor rub and cough drops. Nothing is helping.
My Daughter Has a cough. Is 4yrs. Can I give her children's triaminic night cough n cold with diphenhydramine & phenylephrine if so what dose?
OTC Medications:: There are about 400 different 'over the counter' medications for fever, cold, cough. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a fever reducer, somatic pain reliever. Dose: 10-15 mg/kg/dose, 4-6 hours, for fever 101 f or above. Some cold/cough meds contain Acetaminophen also, so there is possibility of overdosing. Many cold meds has Pseudoephedrine which increases heart rate. So, be careful not to overdose! ...Read more
Is it ok to give my 5 year old children's benadryl and childrens mucinex cough? She has bad allergies which makes her cough mostly at night.
MGT: I would not advise giving these medications to your child based on the information provided. I would suggest an over the counter anti histamine such as Claritin instead which is less sedating. The underlying cause of her nighttime cough should be further evaluated by her PCP. Does she have a history of asthma? Is there smoke exposure? ...Read more
Is it safe to use children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with hylands cold n cough for kids? My daughter is 2.
No: Cough & cold medications are not recommended for children under 4 years. They do not make colds better, shorten how long a child is sick, or prevent a child from worsening, & they can be dangerous. Coughing during the day helps your child keep her airway clear. If she cannot sleep at night, try a cool mist humidifier, a teaspoon of honey or saltwater nose drops. Good info here: kidshealth.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a young male (30s) has cough and cold symptoms, is it safe to take Robitussin, Sudafed, acetaminophen (for fever) and Mucinex?
Acetaminophen: If you have fever, take acetaminophen, no more than 4 gm in one day. Rest of the stuff is not useful. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
5 yr old has bad cold - congestion, sore throat, barking cough. All OTC cold meds w/ decongestant say 6+. Is there something i can give him?
It depends: If the runny nose is due to allergies, Cetirizine (zyrtec) will most likely help. The medication is an anti- histamine that provides 24 hour allergy relief. However, the runny nose may be a symptom of a common cold. This medication may help in if that is the case, but maybe not. Has the child ever been allergy tested? That information would help to determine if allergies are the cause. ...Read more
Is it safe to give my 7 month old children's tylenol (acetaminophen) for his stuffy nose and cold symptoms?
Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late.Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?
The safest thing to : Do is see his pediatrician, as your son may have reactive airway disease or mild asthma. Upper respiratory infections can trigger bronchial spasms in people with these conditions, requiring medications called bronchodilators. It's always wise not to suppress coughs in children, except maybe at night for more restful sleep, but only if his doctor okays a medication with dextromethorphan. ...Read more
my son pediatrician gave him amoxicillin 3/5 ml she also said I can give him 1/4 benedryl or robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) for cough and cold hes 7months is it ok?
Can a 11 week pregnant woman take Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and flu. She has cold with runny nose and cough. What is best medicine for her?
Be cautious: You are still in the first trimester and it is better to err on the side of caution and avoid unnecessary medications. Fevers should be actively managed but otherwise you are only treating symptoms. I do not recommend multi-symptom preparations. If you must take something, take the minimal effective amount of medication for the particular symptom you are trying to manage. ...Read more
Nursing 14 months old.have severe cold, cough, nasal congestion. which medicine(except tylenol)may I take to loosen mucus of cough and stuffy nose?
S it bad to mix cough and cold med with childrens zyrtec (cetirizine) my daughter is 3 and has a bad cold or sinus problems?
Is a cough without fever contagious woke up with cough and runny nose, I do child care is this contagious to them?
Hi, my daughter is 14 and has asthma, she has a cold with an asthmatic cough, can I give her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Nyquil on top of her flovent?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and asthma: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should not be used for asthma. With asthma there is decreased ability to clear mucus. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has a drying effect on the airway and it is possible to plug up an asthmatic by making the mucus thicker. Also it is sedating and during an asthmatic attack you want the patient to be awake and to cough up mucous. NyQuil has benadryl (diphenhydramine) in it as well as Dextromethorphan which can be sedative. ...Read more
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 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
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