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

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

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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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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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. ...Read more

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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.

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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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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Can I use adult, over the counter, yeast infection cream on my two year old?

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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What can I give my two year old for a cold and cough?

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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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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What kind of cold medicine is best to give a two year old daughter for a croupy cough?

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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