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can i give him dimatap? URGENT!!!

or something for stuffiness and congestion? he is only about 14 months and weighs maybe 23-14 lbs. the bottle said not for children under 4 years or 36 lbs. but what if i halved the dosage? he is really uncomfortable, especially at night. we have the humidifier running and suction his nose, but it doesn't do much for him. what do you say?

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Asked by missbreezy214 at 11:21 PM on Nov. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • no thats why it says noone under the age of 4 or 36lbs. Call your doctor if you really need something for him.

    Also you can use a saline rinse to loosen up the congestion and suck it out. Just one or two drops in each noisel


    Answer by tntmom1027 at 11:23 PM on Nov. 7, 2009

  • i guess i mean.. have any other moms done this? cuz i can give him 1/4 tsp benadryl for his allergies.
    i have done the saline and irrigator. doesnt work long, especially at night.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 11:58 PM on Nov. 7, 2009

  • I have given medication even after heeding the warning, always go by weight not age to give a more accurate dosage. I would cut the dosage in 1/2 for someone who was just under the weight limit.

    Answer by MoMoBear at 12:06 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • no call you pediatrician or the nurses line but kids that yound should not be getting any cold meds without a doct prescreption... only tylenol and motrin are the safe otc for kids

    Answer by aminasmommy at 12:14 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Cutting the dosage in half is still not an accurate dose. If you are going to give it to him, you NEED to get the correct dosage amount from a doctor, and be sure you are using the correct medication for his problem. You can also try Vick's baby rub, that works great (chest, back, and bottoms of feet). Babies died from their parents trying to figure out their own doses, which is why the label reads not for use under 4 years or 36 lbs...

    Answer by mnt_2_b_mommy at 12:25 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Absolutely DO NOT give him dimetapp, call your dr, get a prescription.

    Also, you can put pillows or blankets under one end of the bed/crib so that he can breathe better.

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 1:23 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • You can put vicks on him, put a vaporizer in the room give him lots of water and even tylenol. but please dont give him demetapp. Always ask the doctor. Its not worth it.

    Answer by stickyfingers at 1:33 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Please know that there is a difference between Vick's BABY rub, and Vick's VAPOR rub. Do not use VAPOR rub on your 14 m/o.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • NO! Hello to people out there that give there very under aged babies/toddlers medication that specifically states not to. Follow directions! Give a bath with Johnson's vapor bath wash and then use the baby chest rub. Sometimes in life there just isn't a short cut and we have to ride things out.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

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