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Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
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My 2 year old has a terrible cough what can I give her that is over the counter?

Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Natural vs meds: Cough, if not associated with fever, shortness of breath (sob) or chest pain, may be initially managed with "steam baths", vapor rub, or bee honey at home. Over the counter meds are indicated for kids over 4 years. Some I have found useful have guaifenicin in them (to loosen up phlegm) and dextromethorphan. If your child seems ill, has high fever or sob, make sure to take him to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Diane Minich
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Is there anything i can give my 3 year old for a bad cough as far as over-the-counter medicine?

Dr. Diane Minich
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Is there anything i can give my 3 year old for a bad cough as far as over-the-counter medicine?

No: Over the counter cough medications do not work in young children. Use a cool mist vaporizer. If worse see your child's doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is it safe for a two year old to take any over-the-counter medication?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Safety first: Depends what medication we are talking about. Since we don't know the long term effects of most drugs it's best to be cautious. ...Read more

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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
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Are there any OTC cough suppressants that I can give my 2 year old son? He has a cough and congestion, no fever. He weighs 30 pounds.

Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
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Are there any OTC cough suppressants that I can give my 2 year old son? He has a cough and congestion, no fever. He weighs 30 pounds.

Post nasal drip: Most of the cough is due to mucus draining from the nose into the back of the throat. Since cough medicine do not shorten the illness, the American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged the use of any cough medicine in kids under 6 years. You can help with nasal saline drops in the nose and suction it out, use a humidifier. Vaporub is safe to use, and raise the head of the bed, give fluids. ...Read more

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Dr. Rodney Pollary
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Can I use adult, over the counter, yeast infection cream on my two year old?

Dr. Rodney Pollary
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Can I use adult, over the counter,  yeast infection cream on my two year old?

Yeast infections : Yes you can. It maybe better to first see if it is a true yeast infection by seeing your pediatrician. Redness and pain maybe due to bacterial infection and antibiotics are required. Adults get yeast vaginitis more than children. For a home remedy you can try a vinegar bath (1cup per tub). ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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What can I give my two year old for a cold and cough?

Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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What can I give my two year old for a cold and cough?

Time and patience: Colds go away in spite of, not because of, all the over-the-counter remedies we use. Some feel better with humidified air, but make sure your humidifier is clean. Decongestants and cough suppressants (used short term) can reduce symptoms of runny nose, but cough meds are better at helping you sleep than at reducing cough. Make sure your little one drinks enough fluids to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Semel
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What kind of cold medicine is best to give a two year old daughter for a croupy cough?

Dr. Lori Semel
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What kind of cold medicine is best to give a two year old daughter for a croupy cough?

Delsym: One teaspoon every 12 hours. Just the regular plain delsym preparation. Also, bring into a fogged up shower, that humdidity is amazing for a croupy cough. :) ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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My two year old has a fever and his chest is congested , with a dry cough. What should I give him?

Dr. Katharine Cox
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My two year old has a fever and his chest is congested , with a dry cough. What should I give him?

Temperature control: This is likely a cold or virus. Treat his symptoms with extra fluids and temperature control. Keeping his room cool will help his breathing. A gentle saline solution may help to keep his nasal passages clear. If you are unable to control his fever, if he has breathing difficulties or if he is feeding poorly have him assessed by his doctor or urgent care. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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I have a two year old son who weighs 26 lbs. He has a cough that keeps him from falling asleep. Is there cough medicine i could give him and how much?

Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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I have a two year old son who weighs 26 lbs. He has a cough that keeps him from falling asleep. Is there cough medicine i could give him and how much?

Honey or codeine.: We prefer not to give cough suppressants to children that young. Often a teaspoon of honey will soothe the throat so that the cough is better. If the cough occurs hours after the child is asleep and especially if it is so severe that it induces vomiting then i would be concerned about cough variant asthma and would have the child checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Avner Aliphas
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My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

Dr. Avner Aliphas
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
10 years in practice
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My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

Saline: Saline drops or rinse will help clear the nasal congestion. A sinus infection in a two year old is difficult to diagnose and you should bring your child to your pediatrician if you suspect this. ...Read more

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