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What are some cold medicine alternatives for my baby?

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 more

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Can you please tell me why it'ssuddenly dangerous to give an infant cold medicine, yet safe to pump them full of vaccines?

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 more

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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

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

There : There are no cough and cold medicines recommended for a child of your son's age. The best treatment is to use a blue bulb syringe to suction out his nose , especially before feeding. Please make sure he gets supplemental water and does not dehydrate. ...Read more

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What cold medicine can I give my 2 month old baby ?

What cold medicine can I give my 2 month old baby ?

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 more

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What is the best cold medicine to take?

What is the best cold medicine to take?

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 congestionsaline 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

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Can i use abuteral after taking cold medicine?

Can i use abuteral after taking cold medicine?

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

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Could cold medicine makes any one else feel loopy?

Could cold medicine makes any one else feel loopy?

Yes.: Cough medicines may cause drowsiness, and may make you feel lightheaded, medications that contain Diphenhydramine are more commonly known for this. Other medications can be mild sedatives, that make you sleepy, can cause dry mouth... etc... ...Read more

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Is it okay to take expired cold medicine? (6 months)

No.: Expiration dates are established to drugs in order to "guarantee" the effectiveness of the same. Depending on the medicine, it can do nothing or it could work as an exception but there is no way that a doctor can okay the use of it. ...Read more

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Help please! is anyone else out there worried about giving cold medicine to children?

Help please! is anyone else out there worried about giving cold medicine to children?

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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Can I give my 3 month OTC pedia care daytime multi-symptoms cold medicine? She weighs 18.lbs. acta

Can I give my 3 month OTC pedia care daytime multi-symptoms cold medicine? She weighs 18.lbs.      acta

Usually in babies: we try to use nasal saline drops for nasal congestion. if coughing or sneezing see her pediatrician. however Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be safe to use ...Read more

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