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What do you give a 4 yr old for a cold since the drs are now saying not to give cold medicine to kids under 6?
A few helpful things: If your child is miserable with a cold, it's hard not doing anything. However, no treatments stop a cold, they just help with symptoms. A teaspoon of honey, cool liquids and soup can help sooth a sore throat and help with coughing. Using vaseline or chapstick on their nose can help with soreness. Nasal saline can help with congestion and the salt can shorten a cold as it kills the virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Humidity and saline: Using a neti pot or other saline rinse device provides symptom relief without any untoward side effects. There is no medicine to cure the cold - you just have to get through the symptoms. Run humidifier, warm fluids such as soup, and saline rinses are the way to go. Almost all of the 'cold' medicines out there will make kids drowsy, although some have opposite effect on certain kids and make wild! ...Read more
My pediatrician says it's okay to give cold medicine to my kids when they are over 2, but I'm reading that it isn't recommended? So is it safe or not?
Safe vs helpful: As in everything in medicine it is always a question of weighing risk versus benefit. Since everyone agrees that there are no cures for the common cold the that you are trying to do is make your child feel better. The other point is that most cold mess are irrational combinations of drugs that act at cross purposes to each other and have been grandfathered in. So safe but useless. ...Read more
Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?
NEED SOME PATIENCE:: If honey and natural stuffs not helping, then check with his pediatrician. Some cough is good because it is a natural defense mechanism to clear the upper airway, sinuses and lower respiratory tract. If cough is prolonged, interferes eating, sleeping, then further evaluation needed to rule out asthma, allergy, sinus issue. Otc cough meds has a lot of side effects, not good for kids. ...Read more
Sure: Every single medicine has risks and benefits. If the risk does not outweigh the benefit, you should not use the medicine. As far as cold meds, they have a lot of side effects, especially in kids. The benefits are limited, as no medicine is going to cure a cold. It just might reduce symptom a bit. So using alternative treatments like warm fluids, humidity and saline rinse much better way to go. ...Read more
Better to wait: The american academy of pediatrics has positioned against cold and cough medications for children, because the side effects of the medications far outweigh the benefit. They do not treat the cold virus. Unfortunately we are all susceptible to these viral illnesses which last 2-5 days, while the cough may persist a few additional day beyond. Stay patient and check with your pediatrician if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We recently discovered that cold medicines were bad for small children. Is it possible we will learn the same about vaccines?
Vaccines bad for?: Not a chance in my opinion, I have seen since i graduated from medical school 48 years ago in india and in england enough cases od tetanus, diptheria, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, small pox, chicken pox and the list goes on and on.Most of these diseses have been eliminated due to vaccines.Small pox and polio have been wiped out.Vaccines are success story to be written&appreciated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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