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Cold Eeze While Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
Cold Eeze: Cold eeze is a zinc supplement which has the following potential rare side effects at high doses: sore throat, ulcers or sores in mouth or throat, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, chills, fever or marked fatigue. Some people allege it’s use caused anosmia (inability to smell.). ...Read more
Can taking Cold Eeze every few hours starting after you've been around someone who has a cold prevent you from getting sick?
Not really: Taking Cold-Eeze or other zinc lozenges won't prevent a person from getting sick from cold viruses. There's a lot of advertising for such over-the-counter products, with promising claims, but they don't really work. After being exposed to another person with a cold, one could get sick (if unlucky) or not get sick (if lucky)... regardless of whether one is taking zinc lozenges or not. ...Read more
Yes: Pseudoehedrine is generally considered safe during breadtfeeding and very likely most effective for cold symptoms. It has been shown to possible decrease milk production though, so drink lots of water or fluids to help. It should only be used for short term, which most colds are. Phenylephrine is definitely safe and no effect on milk supply, but no terribly effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm breastfeeding and I am catching a cold. What medicines are safe for baby? Also how do I keep him from catching my cold. He is only two months old.
Doctor can evaluate: Feeling cold may be related to some hormonal changes that lead to a lower metabolic rate and lower body temperature, or that lead to less blood flow to the skin (or to the hands and feet). These changes can make a person feel like she is colder. A primary care doctor can evaluate and also refer to an endocrinologist if needed. ...Read more
Can I just take inexpensive zinc tablets to ward off a cold instead of the more expensive Zicam or cold-eeze?
Yes: None of them have actually been shown to ward off colds. Getting lots of rest and fluids is more likely to help than any over-the-counter remedies. ...Read more
Hydration &Nutrition: Help the body fight the cold by drinking lots of fluids, especially water. Also a healthy diet will provide the energy needed to both fight the cold and continue to produce a healthy supply of breastmilk. Avoid over the counter cough medicines as these can interfere with the quality of your milk supply. ...Read more
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