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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
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok for a child to take steroid medicine, cough medicine and azithrowmycin around the same time of each other?
If a 6 year old child has just gotten a hepatitis a vaccination, can a prescription cough medicine cause adverse reactions?
No: Not because of the vaccination. The drug may have it's own side effects though. ...Read more
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
My 4 year old took zarbees nightime cough medicine and threw it up as doon as I gave it to her. Itsbthe only thing helping her cough ca I give again ?
Yes: Shouldn't be a problem of overdosingGet a more detailed answer ›
My baby is 7 months old she has a cough that at times she gags. I know cough medicine is not recomended when should I see a dr? Or what can I do 4 her
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 5yr old son always had cold and cough.Medicine is not giving effective relief.What should I do?
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