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Dimetapp Dosage Infants
What is the correct dosage of children's dimetapp to give my two children, and how often do I give it to them? My child's doctor told me to give them children's dimetapp but it says it's not for children under 6. My first child is 3 years old and weighs 25
Current : Current recommendations from the fda (food and drug administration) and manufacturers of children's cough syrup are now stating that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under 4. However, some doctors still make recommendations for their patients to take these medications. Therefore, you will need to contact the pediatrician's office for the answer to this question. ...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
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
Hi is it safe to use dimetapp elixir to my baby (7 months old)? His doctor said that it is ok. I am worried because it is said it is not recommended f
I am glad you are: Worried and being cautious. True it is not recommended because most of these medications have not been tried and tested amongst children less than two years old! That is why you see " ask your pediatrician " on all the medicine packaging and bottles. However, it is safe to use dimetapp under your doctors recommendation. ...Read more
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?
Dimetapp: Dimetapp contains and antihistamine (bromphenyramine) and a decongestant (pseudoepherine, phenylephrine or phenylpropanoolamine). The dm version has both ingredients of dimetapp with added cough suppressant (dextromethorphan). Both medications are not recommended to children aged below 6 years old. ...Read more
Dimetapp overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. "Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, agitation, confusion, flushing, hallucinations, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, seizures. In children, excitement may occur first, and may be followed by: loss of coordination, drowsiness, loss of > ...Read more
Usually give : Between 1/4 to!/2 teaspoon every six hours as needed. If it is allergy related, you may find the once a day dosing better like loratadine, generic for claritin, or zyrtec (cetirizine). Coughing is most likely from postnasal dainage. If with any other signs and symptoms and worsening condition, please make appointment to see pediatrician. ...Read more
Cold medicine: 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 passages to open up. ...Read more
I never would: A 2 mo is dependent on their nasal passages to breathe.The don't routinely use their open mouth to augment breathing until 4-6m. Dimetapp and similar drugs (once prescription meds) work by drying secretions, thickening the buggers, making any drainage in a babies nose thicker. Useing this is one way to make it harder for them to breathe. Nasal saline washout is the best Rx for a 2 mo. ...Read more
I have a 6-month old and his dr told me he could take 1/4 t spoon od dimetapp dm is this true he is coughing so hard he is pukeing
Dimetapp oversoe: Careful observation in the ed of a hospital is recommended. Call poison control center — 1-800-222-1222 if necessary. Dimetapp contains an antihistamine and decongestants. Oding on it can cause marked either drowsiness or sleeplessness, irritability, dryness of the mouth, elevated blood pressure, headache, etc. ...Read more
Yes: So long as it has been prescribed for him, yes. Most antibiotics are best taken on a full stomach. I think with Dimetapp aboard, that is even more true. ...Read more
Depends: Normally you wouldn't give any, since the indication on the package is for 6 years and up. Trying warm steam in the bathroom, honey as a natural cough suppressant, and warm liquids may help first. However, if those aren't helping, you can get away with one teaspoon every 6 hours. ...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
How often can I give my 2 year 11 mo. old/36 lbs. 1/2 tsp. Of Dimetapp elixir? He had some at 730am.
Dimetapp: Is usually dosed every 4-6 hours. Timing intervals for any specific medication is generally listed on the label. ...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?
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
What is the difference between dimetapp dm and brotapp dm for children age 4? Are there any harmful side effects with brotapp dm in this age group?
No important ones: For at least the last decade we have recommended parents not use these cough/cold medications in kids before school age if then. They were once a prescription med that eventually made it to OTC status. Over time, we realized more kids were self medicating and ending up in the ER with toxic overdoses. The research eventually showed they don't do much, other than give parents something to do. ...Read more
Yes you Can: You can as dimetapp does not contain ibuprefen. ...Read more
Yes: There will not be any interaction.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?
You should be ok: Generally, it is not advisable to take medications after the expiration date as they may lose chemical properties that make them effective. However, it may work and is unlikely to cause any harm. ...Read more
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