my 2 year old has a terrible cough what can i give her that is over the counter

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my 2 year old has a terrible cough what can I give her that is over the counter?

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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
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Dr. Avner Aliphas answered:

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

Saline

Sinusitis
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.
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Dr. Oscar Novick answered:

Is it safe for a two year old to take any over the counter medication?

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
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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

Cough
over the counter cough medications do not work in young children. Use a cool mist vaporizer. If worse see your child's doctor.
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Dr. James B. Ball answered:

Can I give my 2 yr old son over the counter multivitamins with iron if he is iron defiency anemic and how long should he take it?

Not enough.

Multivitamin
Usually over the counter multivitamins with iron do not have enough iron to correct the iron deficiency. There are good iron formulations (My Kids Iron) that an be used. Even on the iron specific formulations, the duration is several months. Talk with your pediatrician.
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What can I give my 3 year old daughter for motion sickness is there anything over the counter?

Meclizine

Malaise
This over the counter drug is a very safe and commonly used medicine available without a prescription.
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Dr. Marcelo Laufer answered:

Can I give my 2 year old Delsym for her cough?

Yes an no

Dextromethorphan
dextromethorphan (component in delsym) should only be used at the appropriate dose aafter your pediatrician made sure that the child does not have pneumonia or asthma. It is for symptomatic relief and you can easily overdose a child. Do not exceed more than 1 mg per each 2.5 pounds of weight. Example: a 25 pound child should not receive more than 10 mg of dextromethorphan
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how much cough and sore throat medicine can i give my 2 year old?

None

Neck-throat
These medications are not recommended for kids under the age of 6 years. They are not effective, and can be dangerous.
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What dosage of children's cold and cough medicine can you give 2 year old?

Depends

Cough
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.
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Dr. Shah Chowdhury answered:

Can I give my 3 1/2 year old cold medicine with a cough supressant in it. ?

COLD/COUGH OTC MEDS:

Persistent_cough
There are a lot of different cold, cough suppressant, decongestant medications over the counter. It is better to avoid these meds for small kids because of side effects. Some cough is good, it brings mucous out of upper & lower respiratory tract. If too much runny nose, simple Benadryl is ok. If cough is more, disturb sleeping, eating, makes the child exhausted, better check with his pediatrician.
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