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What Are Some Cold Medicine Alternatives For My Baby
Saline & humidifier: Saline nasal spray is very beneficial to treat a cold in a baby. It is very safe as it is made of salt water. A cool mist humidifier with water is also a great natural decongestant and really helps thin the mucousy coughs. Unfortunately, cold medications are not recommended for babies as they may cause dangerous side effects (and most do not work very well for them anyway!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please tell me why it'ssuddenly dangerous to give an infant cold medicine, yet safe to pump them full of vaccines?
Very different: Vaccines allow the immune system to build up a natural protection against certain infections to avoid getting sick in the first place. Benefits:great.Risks: small. Because of routine vaccinations, it is uncommon to hear of a child dying of childhood illnesses; a few generations back, it was all too common. Cold medicines only treat symptoms and can have side effects. Risks can outweigh benefits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor
Avoid in infants: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry & thicken the drainage.Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed & avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Meds are often not: needed. Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more
Asthma meds: During a cold your asthma may worsen. An asthma action plan should be written by your doctor. The forms are available on line. The albuterol is used to treat cough, wheezing, shortness of breath. A controller medication is used to prevent and control worsening your asthma. Cold preparations do not treat asthma, and generally should be used sparingly. Nasal saline can relieve your congestion. ...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
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