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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so, maybe not.
Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age. ...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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Is there a cough medicine I can buy my 6 year old that actually works?

Is there a cough medicine I can buy my 6 year old that actually works?

Dextrometorphan: If anything works otc....It is the aforementioned active ingredient. Honey has also been proven to sooth the cough receptors, but don't have high expectations! Having said that, as pediatricians, we don't like cough supressants, unless the cough interferes with resting at night. As annoying as the cough is, it's there for a reason, it protects the lungs from all the phlegm that drains postnasally. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter been sick coughing and we gave her cough medicine and she went to sleep and her nose started bleeding very worried?

My 6 year old daughter been sick coughing and we gave her cough medicine and she went to sleep and her nose started bleeding very worried?

Bloody noses: Bloody noses are very common in children, especially during times of illness. The mucus in the nasal/sinus passage ways can be irritating and the membranes in the inside of the nose are easily damaged, thus the source of the bloody nose. Petroleum jelly placed on the inside of each nostril 1-2x daily and frequent use of saline nasal mist to aide in thinning mucus secretions would be recommended. ...Read more

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Is phenergan (promethazine) cough syrup safe for 1 month old baby, because she is giving us sleepless nites?

Is phenergan (promethazine) cough syrup safe for 1 month old baby, because she is giving us sleepless nites?

Do not use: Unfortunately the Phenergan (promethazine) has been linked to apnea (not breathing) as a complication under the age of 2 yrs. I would never use it or any other cough syrup for a 1mo. A saline nose wash is the only recommended treatment at that age. ...Read more

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How many days can we give cough syrup to a 9 year old child?

How many days can we give cough syrup to a 9 year old child?

COUGH: You can give cough syrup at bedtime as long as he is still coughing for 1 to 2 weeks ...Read more

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Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Codeine: I think the best cough syrup for a nine year old whose cough is a post nasal drip and interfering with sleep, both the nine year olds and his parents, is something like Robitussin with Codeine which is available as a generic and though it does not taste very good is usually very effective. I would start with a teaspoon of honey first for milder cases before the codeine. ...Read more

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I consumed duro-tuss cough syrup & breastfed my 1 year old. Will it cause any health affecting damage to my baby? I didn't know & am worried.

I consumed duro-tuss cough syrup & breastfed my 1 year old. Will it cause any health affecting damage to my baby? I didn't know & am worried.

Mgt: I would advise limiting the use of medications while breast feeding. To relieve cold symptoms, use nasal saline and throat lozenges instead. Drink fluids and stay well rested. If you develop a prolonged cough, produce sputum for more than one week, please see your PCP. ...Read more

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Can you give a 3 year old Cheratussin AC cough syrup?

Can you give a 3 year old Cheratussin AC cough syrup?

Cheratussin AC: Cough syrups in general are not frequently recommended in pediatrics. Cheratussin ac in particular contains codeine, a narcotic, and can only be used by the patient it was prescribed for. Therefore, it is not recomended that this medication be given to a 3 year old. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has a horrible cough and nausea. Can I give her cough syrup (children's nyquil) and gravol together?

My 3 year old daughter has a horrible cough and nausea. Can I give her cough syrup (children's nyquil) and gravol together?

No: The am academy of pediatrics doesn't recommend any cough products for young children as they haven't been shown effective and sometimes are harmful. Children's coughs may benefit from vaporizer, drinking fluids, and 1 tsp honey for those over 1 year. If cough persists, see dr: consider asthma, pneumonia, postnasal drainage cough, etc. I am not familiar with gravol, so no advice with it. ...Read more

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Can I give my 5 year old a cough syrup (dextromethorphan polistirex) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Can I give my 5 year old a cough syrup (dextromethorphan polistirex) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Not a good idea: Both medications are sedating and can impair your child's breathing. You should attempt to treat the cause of the cough, not the symptom. Ask you pediatrician. ...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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Can prospane cough syrup be taken empty stomach by a three years old boy?

Can prospane cough syrup be taken empty stomach by a three years old boy?

See Your Doctor Now: In general, giving cold and cough medications to young children without prior examination by a doctor is not recommended. Be aware that young children have limited communication skills and cues to severity of illness can be missed. There are numerous causes for cough. A thorough medical history and physical exam is necessary for correct diagnosis and treatment. See your child's doctor now. ...Read more

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I took 5ml of hydrocodone cough syrup three hours ago is it safe for me to take a Benadryl pink pill?

I took 5ml of hydrocodone cough syrup three hours ago is it safe for me to take a Benadryl pink pill?

Mostly.: There is likely some anti-histamine in the cough syrup. That and not the narcotic is probably the bigger risk. And that isn't a big risk. Furthermore, the peak effect of the hydrocodone was by 3 hrs and by now it is wearing off. But if there was anti-histamine in the cough syrup it is still there (but not at peak). These are safe with a wide range of safe doses. ...Read more

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I have given citralka syrup 5 ml by bymistake instead of cough syrup for 3 and half year child. Is there any pr?

I have given citralka syrup 5 ml by bymistake instead of cough syrup for 3 and half year child. Is there any pr?

Mgt: Aspirin products should not be given for respiratory illness, but one dose is not likely to cause harm. The cough syrup in this age group is not that effective and has side effects. Nasal saline saline drops may alleviate post nasal drip. ...Read more

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I take daily a bottle of cough syrup corex regular for the last 1 year what are the consequences and will it effect my body? How can I quit

I take daily a bottle of cough syrup corex regular for the last 1 year what are the consequences and will it effect my body? How can I quit

Drug addiction: Since corex contains codiene, and since you've been taking it for a year I would say you have a drug addiction. Seek help from an addiction center or your physician. ...Read more

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Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Flavoring: Milk makes mucus, so you may be defeating your own purpose by giving cough medicine with milk. I know cough medicine tastes bad so try some other flavoring or ask the pharmacist for help. ...Read more