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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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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

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

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How much dimetapp to give my 4 month old?

How much dimetapp to give my 4 month old?

I don't: I find this or any such medication will have no benefit to kids in this age group. Nasal saline wash is the only thing I use with these kids. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dimetapp and dimetapp dm?

What's the difference between dimetapp and dimetapp dm?

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

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How to tell if I overdosed on dimetapp type of cold meds?

How to tell if I overdosed on dimetapp type of cold meds?

Dimetapp overdose: 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

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How much dimetapp can I give my 4yr old son? He weighs 35lbs.

How much dimetapp can I give my 4yr old son? He weighs 35lbs.

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

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What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

What is the definition or description of: dimetapp?

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

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Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Is it safe to give a 2month old dimetapp?

Dimetapp: No. Otc cold medications have been shown to be useless in treating colds in children less than 6 years old. In addition, side effects can make their condition worse and cause diagnostic problems. ...Read more