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How much dimetapp cold and cough should I give my 4yr old? He weighs 35lbs.

How much dimetapp cold and cough should I give my 4yr old? He weighs 35lbs.

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

Dr. William Singer
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Dimetapp (Definition)

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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Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs

Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs

No: 1st of all neither of these meds cure and both may have dangerous side effects, albeit rarely.But they are similar agents and would perhaps result in overdose. ...Read more

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Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?

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

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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

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 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?

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

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My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.

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

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My little girl has a bad cough can I give her chidren's dimetapp she is 2 1/2 and shes 28lb ?

My little girl  has a bad cough can I give her  chidren's dimetapp she is 2 1/2 and shes 28lb ?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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