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Cough and Cold Medications in Young Children Webinar

Cough and Cold Medications in Young Children

Research has shown that over-the-counter cough and cold medications offer little benefit to young children.  But, they can have potentially serious side effects.  There are often more than one ingredient in the products, which increases the risks of accidental overdose when combining different cough and cold preparations.  The best way to treat your child is with acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce aches, pains, and fever, and use a cool mist vaporizer to help loosen congestion.  A simple bulb syringe and saline nasal spray or drops can be used to clear nasal congestion in younger children and infants.  Children over the age of 1 can take honey as needed for cough.  Over the age of 4, medications containing guaifenesin (such as Mucinex) can be used.  Encouraging plenty of liquids and rest can also help children feel better.  Again, cough and cold medications in children may have little effect on the symptoms of a “cold” and may have potentially serious side effects.  If you have any questions about treatments for a “cold”, contact your pediatrician or local pediatric urgent care for advice.