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cough meds for a baby?

my friend has a 7 month old. he has bronchitis, and his dr gave him antibiotics and a nebulizer for breathing treatments.
everytime she gives him a breathing treatment, he coughs really bad.
she is wondering if there is any kind of cough medicine she can give him?

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ToriBabe1221

Asked by ToriBabe1221 at 10:25 AM on Aug. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The breathing treatment breaks up the mucous and strengthens the lungs and baby needs to cough. You really don't want to supress that
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:30 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Sounds like he needs to cough to help clear everything up/out. If the doctor wanted him to have cough meds he would have prescribed them in addition to the treatments. Currently they do not suggest cough meds for children under a certain age-- I think it is under age 4.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • There aren't any cough medicines that are safe for a baby that's 7 months old.
    MomMom23

    Answer by MomMom23 at 10:55 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • No, don't give babies cough medicine. They don't even sell it for infants anyhow. Plus, she's on antibiotics and breathing treatments, so it's not a good idea.
    JazzlikeMraz

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:57 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Unfortunately there isnt anything you can give. I think they either have to be 2 or 4 before they can have them.
    carsonsmommytam

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 10:59 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • is this "old information" then??

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T089500.asp

    Robitussin DM (6 months and up)
    Robitussin DM Infant Drops (6 months to 6 years)
    Vick’s Pediatric Formula 44E (6 months and up)


    DOSAGE:

    FOR ROBITUSSIN-DM SYRUP:
    Each 5 ml (1 tsp) contains:
    Dextromethorphan 10mg
    Guaifenesin 100mg
    <6 months (<14lbs) Not recommended
    6-11 months (14-17lbs) 1.25 ml (¼ tsp) every 6-8 hours

    DOSAGE:
    For Robitussin-DM Infant Drops:
    Use supplied calibrated oral syringe.
    Each 2.5 ml (½ tsp) contains:
    Dextromethorphan 5 mg
    Guaifenesin 100 mg
    <6 months (<14lbs) Not recommended
    6-11 months (14-17lbs) 1.25 ml (¼ tsp) every 6-8 hours

    DOSAGE:
    For Vick’s Pediatric Formula 44E:
    Each 15 ml (3 teaspoons) contains:
    Dextromethorphan 10mg
    Guaifenesin 100mg
    <6 months (<14lbs) Not
    ToriBabe1221

    Comment by ToriBabe1221 (original poster) at 11:52 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • DOSAGE:
    For Vick’s Pediatric Formula 44E:
    Each 15 ml (3 teaspoons) contains:

    Dextromethorphan 10mg
    Guaifenesin 100mg
    <6 months (<14lbs) Not recommended
    6-11 months (17-21lbs) 5 ml (1 tsp) every 6 hours
    ToriBabe1221

    Comment by ToriBabe1221 (original poster) at 11:53 AM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Do NOT use cough meds especially in the case that you are describing. The coughing is what will help him get better. It has to come out and that is how baby is going to get that yuck out.


    The FDA has issued a public health advisory about children's cold medicines saying that "questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age."

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 12:48 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • your not suppose to give babies cough meds
    mareye33

    Answer by mareye33 at 2:48 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

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