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What age can you give cough medicine?

My Dd has a bit of a cough and a runny nose, she's 16 months old. Last time she was sick like this, she was 8 months and they told me I couldn't give her anything.. is this still true?

 
Mom2unangel

Asked by Mom2unangel at 2:40 PM on Sep. 5, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (6)
  • I believe you have to wait until age 2
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:42 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • I think the new recommendation is 12 for any cough/cold medicine.

    Bring her into the bathroom with the shower on hot for the steam. Also I bought a Vic's vaporizer that works really well when any of us have a cold.

    And use a few drops of nasal saline and the snot sucker to clear out her nose.
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:43 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Wait until she is at least 2
    soccerfanatic7

    Answer by soccerfanatic7 at 2:44 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Ha ha... I meant age 2...damn fast typing!


    Anyway here is an article that says none until age 5...


    http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20071019/panel-no-cold-medicine-young-kids

    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:46 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Take her or call your doctor,they do answer questions over the phone for no charge.
    dancer

    Answer by dancer at 2:48 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Hmm I was able to give DS (years ago) a dose for Triaminic yellow with his doctors okay. His cough was so bad that he was waking himself up though. Usually I try to just use a cool mist humidifier, vick's baby rub and a good eucalyptus bubble bath. I have been wanting to try the vick's plug ins but haven't yet. The cough syrup bottle say 6. I was just looking today! You would have to call your ped for a dose anyway! They should have an on call doctor to assist you even if they are closed now.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:49 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

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