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How can you give a child cough medicine?

How can you give a child cough medicine?

Cough: Age of the child and presenting clinical condition are important factors to consider before answering this question.Is your child having breathing difficulty, fever, could he/she have swallowed a small object, how long has the cough been going on, is your child less than 2 years old, does he/she have asthma.Cough is a protective reflex of your large airways, a prolonged cough could be bad.Call your md. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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How can you tell if a child has asthma?

How can you tell if a child has asthma?

Asthma: A good history , physical and spirometry can help to make the diagnosis. Look out for the typical symptoms of cough, wheeze, dyspnea, sputum production. ...Read more

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Can you give a 3year old, children's cold and flu medicine? If so how much?

Can you give a 3year old, children's cold and flu medicine? If so how much?

AURI: If the colds is severe and kid can ' t breath good, try giving 1/2 tsp. 2x a day. No relief, increase dose to 1 tsp. Below 3 years old we do not give rx. ...Read more

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What OTC medicine do you give a child with a high temperature?

What OTC medicine do you give a child with a high temperature?

Acetomenophen or: The basic selection for children includes acetomenophen & ibuprophen (after 6mo).There are a number of brand or generic versions thit i consider equivalent. Avoid the products with other meds added in as they reduce your dosing flexabillity. Aspirin products are avoided under 16 years of age due to an association with liver failure/reye syndrome. ...Read more

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What is a good cough syrup or cold medicine to take when you are sick? And with child.

What is a good cough syrup or cold medicine to take when you are sick? And with child.

Cough syrup: In general, pediatric varieties are safe and contain very little alcohol, if any. Avoid those with ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) Pseudoephedrine they can elevate your blood pressure. Avoid those with ibuprofen, other nsaids as they can have harmful fetal effects. ...Read more

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How can you help a child who is overheating?

How can you help a child who is overheating?

Cooling measures: By overheating, does that mean that they are in a hot place or they are playing sports? Generally getting to a cooler place, removing and making clothing loose and drinking fluids like pedialyte or gatorade are helpful. Overheating can be very serious and if the child is confused or very red in color this would be serious and need to be seen by a doctor immediately ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis. ...Read more

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What can you give a child with a strep throat to eat?

What can you give a child with a strep throat to eat?

Anything tolerated: But with a very sore throat, liquids or soft foods would be much more likely to go down effectively. The major issue is in keeping them hydrated effectively. ...Read more

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How young can a child be to take cetirizine syrup?

How young can a child be to take cetirizine syrup?

Cetirazine: Cetirazine is approved in children 6 month old for nasal allergies. Refer to packaging or your physician for appropriate dosing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of remedies can I give for children with a cough?

Can you tell me what kind of remedies can I give for children with a cough?

Honey: Honey was compared to cough syrup with dextromethorphan and honey was equally effective for helping coughs. So a tsp of honey or some warm herbal tea with honey is fine. Running a humidifier and having the child sleep propped up may also help. Remember, never give honey to babies under 1 year of age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

OTC Asthma Medicine: None that is really effective that I am aware of. A form of Epinephrine nebulizer a rescue inhaler, is available. It comes with its own nebulizer. Compared to albuterol, Epinephrine is half potent. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to cure cough in children?

Can you describe how to cure cough in children?

Depends on Cause: Otc cough suppressants for children contain mainly dextromethorphan, a mild cough suppressant. Some studies show honey to be equally/more effective for soothing cough (never give to children <1yo). If caused is posterior nasal drip, consider use of antihistamine. If due to inflammation (wheezing) in lungs, child may benefit from bronchodilator tx (albuterol) and/or steroid therapy. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

See doctor: Physical exam and possibly chest x-ray may be necessary, but this will depend upon the clinical history and findings by your doctor. ...Read more

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How to give albuterol to a toddler who is resistant?

How to give albuterol to a toddler who is resistant?

Try neb or spacer: How old is this toddler? There is more and more research showing administering albuterol with a spacer to a toddler is more effective than using a nebulizer. I toddler that is crying is less likely to inhale nebulized albuterol effectively and given it takes 5-10 minutes to administer it may be actually easier to use the appropriate spacer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a mothers milk help a child?

Can you tell me how a mothers milk help a child?

Perfect for babies: Breastmilk is perfect for babies. It contains antibodies to help fight infections, healthy fatty acids for brain and eye development, and helps prevent asthma and allergies in a small scale. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat a child with ADHD without meds?

What can you do to treat a child with ADHD without meds?

Biofeedback is best: Biofeedback is recognized as good as drugs, but it has no side effects. Play attention uses a similar mechanism as biofeedback and you can use it at home. ...Read more

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Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

Please describe the medicine a child can take for autism?

No Cure: If you mean to cure, no. To alleviate symptoms, sometimes yes. For example there are medications to help insomnia. Also aggressive behavior. Check with your pediatrician for help. ...Read more

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Antitussive (Definition)

This is a medicine that is supposed ...Read more