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Kids Cold And Cough
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!!!!!!!!!!!!: Any form of alcohol can be toxic to children. Do not give them alcohol-containing products! I have seen serious cases of alcohol poisoning from well-meaning parents giving children alcohol for cough, or to help them sleep or calm down. Talk to your pediatrician and/or pharmacist for advice about what to give your children. ...Read more
Fluids, extra rest: Cold and cough medicines do not shorten the illness and probably won't help much.. Extra sleep, some juice or water (both fluid and vitaminc), and some time in a steamy bathroom or a humidifier will do more than medicine. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen might help the aches. Otc cough meds like Mucinex or delsym can be used carefully at night, but not if there is asthma and not in the daytime. ...Read more
Love and comfort: Even though we often say "it's just a virus, " that doesn't mean your child isn't miserable! for aches, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For sore throat, gargling to clear out mucous and also help the cough. A spoon of honey or mixed in warm tea also good. At this age otc cough meds ok, but i prefer to address mucous, allow them to cough it out. Nasal congestion-try salt water rinse (neti pot). ...Read more
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
Need more info: There are other reasons besides a cold (commonly a virus) to have frequent cough and runny nose. Examples are allergies and reflux. How old is your child? Children also get sick often and that can be very normal. Prior to starting any new medication, even if over-the-counter, natural, organic, etc. always discuss it with your pediatrician. ...Read more
If i have given my 3 year old hylands cold and cough for kids can I also giver her benadryl (diphenhydramine) if the hylands is not working?
Caution: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine that can help with runny nose and sneezing due to allergies. It does have a sedation effect in many. American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of cough medications in any child under 6 years old. The benadryl (diphenhydramine) may cause her to be too sedated and may have some breathing troubles in the night. Try cool mist humidifer - warm water/mixed with honey and patience. ...Read more
Can i take children's triaminic syrup day time cold and cough, or children's triaminic syrup long acing cough while pregnant? Im 11 weeks and 2 days pregnant
Can i give a 3 yr old cold and cough Robitussin (guaifenesin) and motrin at the same time ( children's)?
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Pls suggest medicines for low grade fever with few symptoms of cold and cough for my 2 yr old child, please note child 's appetite , water intake r normal.?
Common cold: Benadryl liquid is good for both cough and cold in young children. Adjust dosage according to your child's weight per instruction from drug company. Low grade fever can be just monitored without treatment as some scientists believe fever is a natural mechanism for the body to fight infection. High fever should be treated with Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) to avoid seizure from overheating of the brain! ...Read more
Drugstores have many: Cough medicines are for decreasing the urge to cough, due to tickling, mucus, or mild irritation in the throat. Coughing is desired and is needed when there is mucus lower in the throat, or coming from the lungs (otherwise, mucus would stay in the lungs). Menthol lozenges with anesthetic in the lozenge, can help. Guaifenesin with dextromethorphan decreases cough. Acetaminophen lessens fever, pain. ...Read more
Soup !: A study done years ago at a superb jewish hospital in miami showed people given chic hen noodle soup recovered from "colds" faster.I've always suspected 2 reasons;all the antibiotics we feed chickens (although most colds are viral-antibiotics are not helpful) or the soothing and mucus helpful properties of warm liquids in the upper airways.And fond memories of mothers tending us when we were young. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not novaclox: Likely your cold and cough are viral in nature. Zyrcold is a medicine that can be used to break up mucus. So that sounds fine. But Novaclox is antibiotic and since your cold is likely viral in nature, Novaclox will not help. Rest, fluids and if you want Zyrcold would be fine. ...Read more
Viral infection: Cold and cough usually means a viral infection in the nose, throat, mouth, ears, etc... Cold viruses fly through the air, but they also are on the places that people touch, such as faucet handles, door knobs, phones, keyboards, railings, etc... If one does not breathe in the viruses, one can still catch them by touching the viruses and then transferring them to one's own eyes, nose, or mouth. ...Read more
Symptomatic relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Best cold treatment: Days 1-3 are the itchy, sneezy, runny phase. Take antihistamine and, if you can get it, ipratropium bromide .06% nasal spray. Days 4-7 are the congestion phase. Use afrin 12 hour nasal decongestant spray --don't use it for more than three days -- to keep you nose open. If you are not completely better within two weeks from when it started, then you probably have a complication like sinusitis. ...Read more