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What dosage of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) can I give a three year old?

What  dosage of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) can I give a three year old?

Per pediatrician: If a 3 yr old is having diarrhea, then he/she needs to see the primary care pediatrician. Over the counter remedies are not recommended, they may mask an underlying problem. It is best to give fluids such as pedialyte for this age group, and if the diarrhea does not subside in a day or two then the pediatrician will guide you. The child will likely need stool testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)?

Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)?

Diarrhea: in children is common and usually self resolving with a few extra dietary supports. STOPPING the diarrhea (the body's way of eliminating the offending infection) with medications can be dangerous in children. Supplement with an electrolyte solution (few ounces) after every loose stool, avoid of sugary foods/drinks like juices, and increase binding foods (bananas, rice, toast) . ...Read more

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My 97 year old mother has bad diarrhea from Levaquin (levofloxacin). Is it better to give her Kaopectate or Immodium for relief?

My 97 year old mother has bad diarrhea from Levaquin (levofloxacin). Is it better to give her Kaopectate or Immodium for relief?

Call her doc: It would be better if you put a call in to her treating doc to share the information. This could be part of a significant bowel problem that requires special treatment. ...Read more

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The flu is going around my house and my 3 1/2 yr old daughter has it and she has the vomiting but not the diarrhea. But can I give her kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)?

Just to Clarify: I agree with above but just to make a few things plain: flu (influenza) presents with fever, cough, muscle & joint aches. Never give a child Aspirin when they have fever & viral illness because of very rare risk of developing reyes syndrome. Kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) has aspirin. Does child above with vomiting have "flu"? If no fever & other members just diarrhea and vomiting maybe not. But safer no kaopectate (kaolin and pectin). ...Read more

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What kind of cold medicine can I give a three year old that weights 43.5 pounds?

What kind of cold medicine can I give a three year old that weights 43.5 pounds?

None: Cold meds are not needed as possible side effects are more of a problem then the cold. Nasal saline drops or spray, honey and talc is all that is needed. ...Read more

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When can I give castor oil to my 3 year old and what is the dosage?

When can I give castor oil to my 3 year old and what is the dosage?

Castor oil ugh!: Why in the world would you want to give your child such awful stuff? I assume she is constipated. If so an adjustment of her diet may be all that is necessary. For example cut down on the milk and dairy products, add more fruits and vegetables to the diet. Figs, prunes and dates also work well as natural laxatives. ...Read more

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Can I give my 3 year old promethazine for vomiting. If so, what is the dosage?

Can I give my 3 year old promethazine for vomiting.  If so, what is the dosage?

No: Before giving meds, you need to talk to your md. He/she may want to determine the cause of the vomiting. If your child has appendicitis, for example, you will only be delaying the diagnosis and put your child's health at risk. In any event, most pediatricians would not use Promethazine in a 3 year old at this time. ...Read more

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How can you safely give a three year old childrens vitamins?

How can you safely give a three year old childrens vitamins?

Yes,but: Most are not needed if the child has a normal diet. I don't like the "candy" vitamin preparations & prefer the liquids until you can have a conversation with the kid & warn them about taking "medicines" that are not theirs.Many a kid whose stomach i had pumped out told me they found their candy vitamin in the ladies purse. ...Read more

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