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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

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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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What are the side effects of giving child under 6 cough medicine?

What are the side effects of giving child under 6 cough medicine?

Depends: There are many types of cough medicines, each medicine has its own side effect. Most common is sleepiness or drowsiness. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

Is it safe to give my baby cold or cough medicine?

No: Most children under 5 years of age (definitely under 2) should not take cold medications.Exceptions may be made for some cough medicines under the guidance of your physician. In general, this is because there may be serious side effects to those medicines in young babies (and oftentimes they do not work). Try saline and a humidifier. Honey if your child is over 1 may also be beneficial. ...Read more

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My Baby is 1 year old. Is it safe to give him salbutamol for cough without consulting his pedia. That was his cough medicine before. Thanks?

My Baby is 1 year old. Is it safe to give him salbutamol for cough without consulting his pedia. That was his cough medicine before. Thanks?

Talk to pediatrician: Never administer any drug to a child without the expressed and learned opinion of your pediatrician. We don't know if the old bottle of cough medicine you have on-hand has expired, if its the right drug for your child's current condition, nor can we calculate appropriate weight-based dosing (I'm sure the child has grown since he was a baby). ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a great cough medicine for a child?

Anyone know what is a great cough medicine for a child?

Honey...: ...If a child is over 1 year old, honey works better than any cough medicine. Of course, if there is a condition that needs to be treated (like pneumonia, ) honey won't help cure it. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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My child is 4. Can he talk cough medicine?

My child is 4. Can he talk cough medicine?

Some of them: The best thing to do is ask your child's doctor. Many of the over-the-counter cough meds have been shown to be ineffective in children, or cause side effects. When I do use one, I tend to use a simple antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec) instead of a combination med. Honey (in warm water or tea) has also been found to be effective for cough- in children over 2 yrs old. ...Read more

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Can cough medicine or antibiodics be safely given to a child under 5 yrs old?

Completely...: ...Different answers. Cough medicines tend to be pretty useless, and antibiotics should only be used when they are needed, and they may be needed at any time starting with birth. ...Read more

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What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

See below:: The current cornerstones of treatment in the urgent care clinics or emergency departments are corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine; steroids have proven beneficial in severe, moderate, and even mild croup. In the straightforward cases of croup, antibiotics are not prescribed, as the primary cause is viral. Of note: little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. ...Read more

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Can i give my 12 year old gravol and cough medicine together?

Can i give my 12 year old gravol and cough medicine together?

Maybe: If your child is taking the gravol as a daily medication for continued nausea or vomiting or when he is traveling if occasion for travel and you are not on daily may take cough med however if daily then if cough med has no antihistamine it should not affect him. ...Read more

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What dosage of children's cold and cough medicine can you give 2 year old?

What dosage of children's cold and cough medicine can you give 2 year old?

Consider "none": These used to be given out routinely as prescription meds before they became over the counter. Now we don't recommend them at all under 6 if at all. So many kids ended up in ER's with overdoses that they took a look at the benefit/risk analysis.If you just want to be doing something, it can be done, but studies show no true benefit under 6. ...Read more

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Can i give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine ?

Can i give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine ?

Cold preparations: Over the counter cold medicines do not reduce symptoms enough to risk the side effects including changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Try humidifier, lots of liquids (chicken soup!) and ice pops. And see your doctor if he is very uncomfortable. Best of luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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