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What kind of decongestant can a 3 year old take?

What kind of decongestant can a 3 year old take?

None: Medications have safety risks and are not recommended at this age..Use of saline nasal spray and a vaporizer are best. ...Read more

Dr. Maxime Cannesson
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Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Is decongestant tablet ok for 8 year old?

Is decongestant tablet ok for  8 year old?

Family Practice: There are several otc decongestants that are commonly use with children over 2yo. They come in various forms. Take as directed and usually not to use longer than a few days in a row. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

Safe or worthwhile ?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do. ...Read more

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Is there a decongestant for nose & cough that I can give my 11 year old son? His weight is 105 pounds and he takes 50mg of Zoloft & 2mg of Abilify (aripiprazole).

Is there a decongestant for nose & cough that I can give my 11 year old son?  His weight is 105 pounds and he takes 50mg of Zoloft & 2mg of Abilify (aripiprazole).

Colds: You can trial any OTC tussin DM product you like to see if they will help his symptoms - it is really variable on how much they help. You can also use warm fluids with honey to help soothe his cough. Cough is a protective function so suppressing it aggressively is counter-productive. Saline nasal spray to aid in thinning the secretions in his nose and sinuses is also worth trying. ...Read more

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Is it okey to give an 8 years old fluctisone and antihistamine, decongestant at the same time?

Is it okey to give an 8 years old fluctisone and antihistamine,  decongestant at the same time?

For part of the year: In people (of all ages) with significant allergy, nasal steroid medications, such as fluticasone, are the most potent. They are quite safe for children. Non-sedating antihistamines are safe too. Oral decongestants are ok for short periods of time; nasal, no more than 5 days. The nose should be rinsed with saline before fluticasone. If your son needs meds more than 3 months/year, see an allergist. ...Read more

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I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could i try a child's dose to see if it would help?

I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could i try a child's dose to see if it would help?

Avoid decongestants: In general, decongestants are not really effective long-term therapies for allergies. Generally, the effects of decongestants are to constrict blood vessels, throughout the body, which really does nothing to treat the causative problem, which is inflammation related to the allergen. Antihistamines, nasal steroids, allergen avoidance, and leukotriene antagonists are more effective. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give a decongestant to a 2yr old ?

No.: Decongestants are vasoconstrictors. They get absorbed from the nose to the bloodstream causing rise in the pulse and blood pressure and vasoconstriction to the coronaries and the brain with possibility of stroke, heart attacks, cardiac arrhyhmias. If desperate because child cannot breath through the nose use nasal saline or talk to the pediatrician to decide.After age two most medicines are allowed. ...Read more

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How can I decongestant my 2 1/2 month old ibfant?

Use nasal saline: Get 'over the counter' Normal Saline nasal spray for infants. Squirt some in each nostril and suction out secretions with blue bulb nasal syringe. ...Read more

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Which decongestant I can give to my 1.6 yr old child when flying?

Which decongestant I can give to my 1.6 yr old child when flying?

None: Decongestants are not real safe at that age. If it is to help ears pop, any swallowing will help, such as suckers. Antihistamines to "encourage" drowsiness are available otc. Pediacare products are ok. ...Read more

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Sick with severe congestion for three days. Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it. Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Sick with severe congestion for three days.  Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it.  Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Viral.....: This is likely a viral infection(perhaps flu) that will run its course over the next few days. For cough and chest congestion, see your doctor (since over the counter meds not working) as you may need bronchodilator and perhaps steroid inhalers to decrease bronchospasm that may be causing the cough. For nasal congestion, perhaps saline nasal spray (over the counter); see doctor if ineffective. ...Read more

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Is children's sudafed with just Phenylephrine for nasal decongestant safe for almost 4yr old? I know Phenylephrine is ok for 2+yrs. 33#, dob 9/30/11

Not necessary : Mild upper respiratory infections are self limited illnesses. Decongestants such as phenylephrine only treat the symptoms, not the illness itself and all medications have potential side effects. It's better to use normal saline nasal drops or spray. If fever recurs, lethargy appears, decreased apetite, worsenning cough or other complications, have him seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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My son 22 months old has a cold, nasal congestion. Is there any nasal decongestant spray that would help. I am using the saline spray and OTC zyrtec. ?

My son 22 months old has a cold, nasal congestion. Is there any nasal decongestant spray that would help. I am using the saline spray and OTC zyrtec. ?

Saline and suction.: The safest and most effective treatment is saline nose drops and suctioning. Elevating the head of the crib and using a humidifier help, too. Cold and cough medicines are proven ineffective and can have serious side effects, which is why the fda has been taking them off the market gradually. If this doesn't help, your child needs to see the doctor to see if it's more than a cold. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?

My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?

Not the best: Over the counter cold medicines are no longer recommended for children, because studies have not shown that they really help, and they often cause side effects. You should see your child's doctor to figure this out since it has lasted so long. It would be unusual to have this much trouble with allergies so young but there is a simple ige blood test to check for allergies. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Check with : Your md as childrens otc medicines are based on weight. Not all otc meds are safe for children under certain ages/weights so please consult with your md. You should have the throat checked to be sure it is not strep. ...Read more

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My 3 year old toddler is having cold almost evwry week for thw past three months now .What couls be the reason .We live in milan italy?

My 3 year old toddler is having cold almost evwry week for thw past three months now .What couls be the reason .We live in milan italy?

See an allergist: He may allergic? Do you have animals at home ? Any body smoke? Is your apartment damp? You should see an allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son been having big lumps to come in his head and turn into sores and when i press down on them he said it hurts. He have three. Please ?

My 3 year old son been having big lumps to come in his head and turn into sores and when i press down on them he said it hurts. He have three. Please ?

Head lesions: spontaneous lesions on a child that are causing pain is a concern. please take your child to a pediatrician to get this evaluated. to help you the most a physician needs to see the actual lesion and if needed perform a biopsy. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son have a high fever for three days and just started vomiting today.. His sister has a fever also. What could this be? What should I do

My 3 year old son have a high fever for three days and just started vomiting today.. His sister has a fever also. What could this be? What should I do

Probably viral but..: It is impossible to know for certain from these symptoms, but the most likely cause is a viral infection, possibly roseola, which is common in 3 yo's & has high fever with few other symptoms (though vomiting can be one of them). Classically the fever goes away after 3-5 days & then a rash appears, so it may be hard to know if he has this for a couple more days. Please see "comment" below for more. ...Read more

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I got three dissolvable stitches in my upper lip two days ago. My 3 year old son just head butted me and one the stitches is loose. What do I do?

I got three dissolvable stitches in my upper lip two days ago. My 3 year old son just head butted me and one the stitches is loose. What do I do?

Head butt: Ok, take a look at the wound. Are the edges of skin touching each other? Is there a space large enough to slip a dime into? One loose stitch is no problem as long as the wound looks ok and you're not seeing a gap in the skin. If there is any question, we are happy to look at it in a Prime visit with photos! Sorry about the head butt! Those hurt! ...Read more

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For the past three days My 3 year old has sporadic episodes of pain in his hands and feet. They get red slightly swollen and warm when you touch It?

For the past three days My 3 year old has sporadic episodes of pain in his hands and feet. They get red slightly swollen and warm when you touch It?

Swollen hands and fe: There are many reasons to have swollen hands and feet. My concern if there is also joint pain and swelling around the joints. You need to check with his pediatrician who might refer your son to a pediatric rheumatologist . At the same time we need to check his urine for protein just to make sure we are not dealing with a nephrology problem related to kidney issues also. ...Read more

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Why would a three-year-old need a tracheotomy?

Why would a three-year-old need a tracheotomy?

Reasons for Trach: Because airway above the trachea is occluded.

The child isn't awake enough to protect her own airway.

The child is too weak to breathe on her own power.

They have had other forms of airway tubes for a good while, and show no sign of being able to come off the ventilator. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a three year old to have rosatia?

Is it possible for a three year old to have rosatia?

Not typically: Rosacea is an affliction of adults.Something similar in appearance that affects kids is a perioral dermatitis & steroid rosacea.This often start as fine bumps or pimple like irritation in the folds near the nose & mouth, due to finger to mouth activity & saliva.Otc or rx steroids initially seem to help before amplifying the problem. Topical abx are the rx of choice.Your dr can assess the situatn. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take a decongestant with claritand?

Yes: They do different things. An antihistamine, like Claritin should help block the release of histamine from mast cells, decreasing mucous production. Decongestants cause swelling and congestion to decrease inside the nose. These are complimentary medicines and are often prescribed together for significant relief of congested runny nose associated with allergies, colds and even nasal infections. ...Read more

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I need a good decongestant without pseudophedrine please help?

Antihistamines: There are several on the market that do not contain pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). They are available over the counter. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Josa
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Decongestant (Definition)

Decongestants are a kind of common ...Read more