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My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

My two month baby has serve cough and chest congestion prescribe me some medicines and fenistil is fine for him?

Cough : We are in the middle of the RSV season. That is the most common cause of cough right now in children. A 2 month with a severe cough needs to see the doctor to check for this and other infections. Your baby is too young to let this infection run its course. Testing oxygen levels and listening to the lungs for infection is essential. Let's go soon! ...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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12mo daughter w/ cold&cough. Pedia said to give 8drops fenistil twice daily&2 ml prospan twice daily. The mucus from nose is clear&hear mucus in coughin?

12mo daughter w/ cold&cough. Pedia said to give 8drops fenistil twice daily&2 ml prospan twice daily. The mucus from nose is clear&hear mucus in coughin?

Infants cold & cough: Fenistil is an antihistamine, not available in the U.S. Prospan is also not available here. General speaking American Academic of Pediatrics does not support treatment of common colds of viral origin in infants and children with cough or cold medication. Supportive measures such as warm fluid, nasal saline irrigation and hydration. The viral illness has to go to its course about 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 months old and he has cold.is it ok to give him fenistil drops?

My baby is 2 months old and he has cold.is it ok to give him fenistil drops?

No: We don't use cold medications or antihistamines (like Fenistil) in young babies. For moderate (or worse) symptoms in a 2 month-old such as coughing, crying, or runny nose, the baby's doctor or the emergency room needs to see the baby. Two months is very young, and such babies need to have their illnesses evaluated unless symptoms are very mild. If very mild, one can talk with the doctor by phone. ...Read more

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25 drops of fenistil drops for 6 months baby ....is it safe?

25 drops of fenistil drops for 6 months baby ....is it safe?

Yes, use it properly: The drug is safe for a six-month old, the range of daily dose for infants is 0-30 drops per day, check the package insert and follow directions. Read also to familiarize yourself with side-effects — GI complaints, dehydration, etc. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 39 day baby fenistil dropps and for how long becausd she don't sleep at all?

Is it ok to give my 39 day baby fenistil dropps and for how long becausd she don't sleep at all?

No: Babies that age are programmed to breast feed about every 2-3 hours, or formula feed every 3-4 hours. Don't expect to get much sleep during the first 3-4,months or so. Encourage Dad to help change and feed by pumping breast milk for night-time use. No reason for both of you to be exhausted. Sorry--it just comes with the territory. Make sure they are fed, dry, and comfortable. NO MEDS needed! ...Read more

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The doctor give me this medicine for my baby 6 month how suffering from eczema the Alergosone and neoday & primalan and fenistil please advise?

The doctor give me this medicine for my baby 6 month how suffering from eczema the Alergosone and neoday & primalan and fenistil please advise?

Most important: Topical is barrier repair cream to protect the skin from the environment. See derm for treatment options. Do not recommend high potency steroids for infants ...Read more

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Can I take an oral anti histamin (Certirizin) and also apply topical gel dimetindene maleate (Fenistil) for a bee sting? I only have local reaction

Can I take an oral anti histamin (Certirizin) and also apply topical gel dimetindene maleate (Fenistil) for a bee sting? I only have local reaction

Yes.: Taking an antihistamine can reduce the local reaction of a bee sting, as can topical antihistamines. Beware, some topical antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can actually sensitize the skin and make reactions worse. Also, if you have any lip, tongue or breathing symptoms, please see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Can I use anti histamine Fenistil gel (Dimethindene Maleate) for a bite while I'm in very early pregnancy?

Can I use anti histamine Fenistil gel (Dimethindene Maleate) for a bite while I'm in very early pregnancy?

No major risk: Most antihistamines are considered safe for pregnancy (Category B) nowadays although I am not familiar with the product you are using. I do not expect any measurable absorption from the topical application of an antihistamine on the skin and thus it would be extremely unlikely that even if a trace of it gets to the fetus. A hydrocortisone cream would work better on an itchy insect bite. ...Read more

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My 11 month baby had cold before 2 days n still hav runy nose the doctor gave her 9 drops of fenistil twice daily for 5 days is it safe to give her?

My 11 month baby had cold before 2 days n still hav runy nose the doctor gave her 9 drops of fenistil twice daily for 5 days is it safe to give her?

Unnecessary: In the US we believe the use of such antihistamine products in infants is often unnecessary and potentially harmful. While possibly safe, one effect is thickening secretions/drainage. This can lead to narrowing of their nasal airway and more work of breathing. I haven't used such products in that age for decades. It does give you something to do, which is the only value some see in it. ...Read more

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Hi. 7 months pregnant woman can use fenistil for runny nose?

Hi. 7 months pregnant woman can use fenistil for runny nose?

Fenistil: Since we don't know the effects of fenistil in pregnant women you are better off using salt water nose drops for your runny nose ...Read more

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Hello, My son, 6 months now was prescribed Fenistil for common cold and runny nose not assiciated with allergy. Is it ok?

Hello,
My son, 6 months now was prescribed Fenistil for common cold and runny nose not assiciated with allergy. Is it ok?

Off label use.: Fenistil is an anti allergy medication used for itching and rashes due to allergy. It can relieve inflammation. It has antihistamine and anticholinergic effects and is a stronger medication than I would consider using in a six-month-old child. Cold symptoms at this age are best treated with simple measures such as saline nose drops to relieve congestion and Tylenol for discomfort or fever. ...Read more

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HI, My 2 week son is having allergy/Hives and paediatrician advised Fenistil drops for him. Can yo please advise if it is safe for 2 week old baby? Tx

HI, My 2 week son is having allergy/Hives and paediatrician advised Fenistil drops for him.  Can yo please advise if it is safe for 2 week old baby? Tx

I would not: Recommended this medicine for this child this young. I know this medicine is available worldwide and used for various allergic conditions in adults and older children. ...Read more

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I have a mosquito bite on my upper lip... Is it okay to put Fenistil Gel on it? My mom told me to do so, but I'm not sure...

I have a mosquito bite on my upper lip... Is it okay to put Fenistil Gel on it? My mom told me to do so, but I'm not sure...

Yes: Assuming you have the version containing dimetindene, it is ok to use. however, I do not normally recommend using topical antihistamine because some become sensitized to it. the most effective topical med for mosquito bites for me is campho-phenique ...Read more

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A derma tologist gave me elecom cream and fenistil gel for allergy in my feet, I am pregnant in 8 months, is it harmful?how it took to remove itching?

A derma tologist gave me elecom cream and fenistil gel for allergy in my feet, I am pregnant in 8 months, is it harmful?how it took to remove itching?

Safe: The amount of Serum concentration from topical use of these creams is minuscule and really will not harm the growing baby inside you. If you have open sores, that is a different story. Do not any Creams on open sores or open area of the skin while pregnant unless you ask the OB dr. first. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is an effective way to treat cough?

What is an effective way to treat cough?

Identify the cause: After the cause is identified, the treatment can be specific. The most common reasons for cough include asthma, GE reflux, allergies, sinus problems, and after an infection (virus or pertussis), Rather than use a cough suppressant, an allergist can assist in finding the cause through an evaluation which may include chest x-ray, lung function test, allergy test, sinus CAT scan and labs. ...Read more

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Is allerga effective at reducing dry cough symptoms?

Is allerga effective at reducing dry cough symptoms?

It would probably: Make a dry cough worse, by drying you out even more. You need guaifenesin which moistens cough and may make it better. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for allergy cough?

Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for allergy cough?

Saline spray: The cough is from post nasal drip, daily use of a saline nasal spray should help. The cough can also be from asthma, for this you need to see a doctor for medications. ...Read more

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What is the most effective antibiotic for cold&cough with reasonable cost? Thanx.

What is the most effective antibiotic for cold&cough with reasonable cost? Thanx.

Antibiotics: As most coughs and colds are viral, no antibiotic is indicated since antibiotics don't affect viruses. ...Read more

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Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late. Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late. Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

The safest thing to : Do is see his pediatrician, as your son may have reactive airway disease or mild asthma. Upper respiratory infections can trigger bronchial spasms in people with these conditions, requiring medications called bronchodilators. It's always wise not to suppress coughs in children, except maybe at night for more restful sleep, but only if his doctor okays a medication with dextromethorphan. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodone effective for cough suppression in a way that dxm is?

Is hydrocodone effective for cough suppression in a way that dxm is?

Cough and hydrododon: Yes it is effective, but can have some serious side effects and should not be used except when prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the most effective cough medicines?

What are the most effective cough medicines?

Treatment...: Treatment for cough depends on the etiology of the cough. For example, a cough due to bronchospasm is treated with bronchodilator inhalers. A cough due to acute bronchitis is treated with antibiotics, if due to bacterial infection. You need to see a doctor for cough treatment as not all over the counter therapies are indicated for all coughs and some may even be harmful in certain circumstances! ...Read more

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Are chinese herbs effective in treating a persistant cough?

Why are you coughing: The treatment of a cough is the treatment of the cause of the cough. The cause could be a cold or cancer or a dozen other things. Similarly, chinese herbs have been around for thousands of years. Some herbs are very helpful and some can be fatal when used improperly. Personally, I think you can do better with herbal tea (chinese or otherwise) and honey for most coughs. ...Read more

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What are the most effective cough suppressants?

What are the most effective cough suppressants?

Depends: Cough is a symptom of something going on. The best treatment of cough is to treat the underlying disorder. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

No cough syrup: There have been a number of studies showing that children's cough and cold medicines do not help and in some cases, children experience unpleasant side effects. It can be frustrating to deal with a cough, especially at night. Saline nasal spray, humidified air, or sleeping with the head somewhat propped up using extra pillows works for some. ...Read more

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I am suffering from cold and cough please suggest me some effective medicine?

I am suffering from cold and cough please suggest me some effective medicine?

Cold Symptoms: You can try almost any of the over-the-counter medications plus lots of fluids and rest. If the symptoms get worse or last over a few days, see your doctor to check for complications... Pneumonia, sinusitis, tonsillitis, strep, etc. Etc. ...Read more

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How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

Toddler cough : Hello, zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec (cetirizine) may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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I have a cough and I found a 3yr expired bottle of promethazine in my medicine cabinet, how safe and/or effective would it be if I took some?

I have a cough and I found a 3yr expired bottle of promethazine in my medicine cabinet, how safe and/or effective would it be if I took some?

Worthless: To begin with it is too far out of date to know how stable the chemicals are. Secondly. this is an antihistamine with little if any benefit for a cough. About 30% of perceived benefit to some products is a placebo effect. Try a little honey with lemon juice, old rx but works for some. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for a cough?

Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for a cough?

Home remedy: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. Honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more