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What is the most effective OTC childrens' decongestant you use with your toddler?

And please understand that this question is specifically asking moms who use decongestants with their toddlers what they have found to be the most effective. I am not asking about natural remedies or legal label warnings/disclaimers or dosing instructions or anything else. All I want to know is which brands you think are most effective if you use decongestants with your toddler(s).


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Asked by SlightlyPerfect at 8:35 AM on May. 22, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Delsym is the only OTC I use, its primarily for cough. Anything else I get a script for.


    Answer by meooma at 8:37 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • I was told not to use decongestants OTC for children under 5... just Benedryl and cough meds if needed.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 8:39 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • same thing I was told But mommie,

    Answer by momto4girzls at 8:56 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • I don't use decongestants or cough meds for my children; they're better off going without or using my natural remedies to deal with those issues.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • The only thing that has ever worked on my dd is Childrens Motrin Cold

    Answer by gemgem at 9:20 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • vicks vapor rub

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:25 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • No OTC decongestants are approved for use in children below at least age 4.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • My pediatrician, when DD was 1, recommended 3/4 tsp of Dimetapp, and that seems to work, but now that she's 2, I'm looking to use something else.

    Comment by SlightlyPerfect (original poster) at 10:44 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • My ped just said to use his cool mist humidifier and use the nasal drops and suction his nose out, b/c they don't recommend decongest. at such a young age.

    Answer by MommyYeoman at 1:41 PM on May. 22, 2011

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