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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...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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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?

Depends: There are so many different types of cough and cold medications it is impossible without knowing which specific one you are referring to. Most of these medications are no longer recommended for young children because of their side effects. Nasal saline spray is a good starting point. ...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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Should my daughter cough medicine or none? My 12 year old daughter has a cough that wont go away. What kind of medicine should she take?

Should my daughter cough medicine or none? My 12 year old daughter has a cough that wont go away. What kind of medicine should she take?

Cough : Cough can be tough since there aren't really any good cough suppressant medications available. Since she is 12, you could safely try an over the counter cough medicine, but i listed below how i treat a cough in my house. There are a few things you can do to treat a cough caused by an upper respiratory virus. - drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated - hot tea with honey and lemon - or just a spoon-full of honey - honey has been shown to be as effective a cough suppressant as many over the counter medications - inhale steam from a shower or cool mist from a vaporizer - Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and throat pain cough from a cold virus should improve after a week to 10 days. If it does not, of if she gets worse or has any difficulty breathing, call her doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old? BAD croupy cough

What's the best cough medicine for my 4 year old?  BAD croupy cough

Croup: Try cold air or hanging in a warm steamy bathroom first. If that bad needs evaluation to see if needs a steroid. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has a chesty cough, due to having a cold i would like to know what cough medicine i can give her.

My 2 year old daughter has a chesty cough, due to having a cold i would like to know what cough medicine i can give her.

No cough meds: There are NO GOOD cough medicines for toddlers. The studies very clearly show they don't work and have undesirable side effects. Try some honey in tea, warm showers and a humidifier. However, if the child is feeling bad because of fever, then acetaminophen and ibuprofen work equally as well. Cough medicines are really just a waste of money when it comes to the under 6 age group. ...Read more

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Which is the best and safest cough medicine to get the congestion out of a 11 year old? Flu shot mon then tues she got sick almost a week.

Which is the best and safest cough medicine to get the congestion out of a 11 year old? Flu shot mon then tues she got sick almost a week.

Congestion in 11 yo: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil sinus are ok options, especially before bed. Mucinex dm or Robitussin-DM can also be used and can be used with one if the 1st two options. There are children's versions. Benadryl is another option. Don't blame the flu shot. ...Read more

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