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Is it safe to give my toddler cold medicine?

I am very confused. When I've called him in the past with questions he has always recommended benadryl, dimatap CM and other meds to treat her symptoms. The last time dd had an appointment I asked him about the FDA warning and he said it is all for litigation purposes and not to worry about it.

What do you ladies think? I am scared to even give my 16 month old zyrtec now for her allergies.


Asked by rcbrown at 1:37 PM on Oct. 10, 2008 in Health

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  • I NEVER give my kids cold medicine anymore. It only makes them worse. Since I discovered RAW, unstrained, unheated, unpasturized honey, my children are much healthier. At the first sniffle, sneeze or cough I give them a teaspoon of the honey. It's amazing. I first starting using it when my son was really sick with a could so I had to give him a teason 3x per day.
    I used to get chronic sinus infections and colds but since I started putting this honey and lemon juice in my hot tea, I haven't had one infections. Don't call me crazy until you have given it a try!
    I use Wee Bee Honey and I get it at Lowes Food and Whole Foods.

    Answer by tlcbran at 2:57 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

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  • Yep i give my 5yr and my 11m old singular everyday... They also get benadryl, tylenal, motrin, honey, you name it my kids get it... I dont feel like we should have to wait... They just keep changing it cause ppl are stupid and dont use it like they should... I go with my gut not what those docs say... Do what you feel is right..

    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 1:49 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • you name it your kids get it? you just give your kids medicine all the time or what????

    i wouldnt give it to them. Times change medicine changes, it seems like the people using it like they arent supposed to is the one that answered first in the question.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:51 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • Look, I am not trying to start any trouble, I just really need your honest opinions on this subject.

    The only thing I have ever given my daughter without calling her doctor first is tylenol and motrin. It just seems like when she is ill from an allergy, runny nose, etc her doctor recommends these products that the FDA is linking to deaths and not recommending. My daughter's doctor also said that people often use medication incorrectly for example he said, (giving a baby benadryl when flying on airplanes so that they will sleep).

    Answer by rcbrown at 1:59 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • i wouldnt give it to her.

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 2:01 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • As far as i know, you're not supposed to give them cough or cold medicine. Not allergy meds. I would give it to her. If she has had it before then shes fine. Its not allergy to meds they worry about, its people overdosing there kids. If you knw what she can take and is fine with it then give it to her.

    Answer by Steph319 at 2:03 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • There are four reasons the FDA keeps changing things:

    (1) These medicines were never tested on kids. Think about it... would you let a drug company give your kid a new, experimental medicine for a runny nose? Of course not. So they just lowered the dose on medicines tested on adult men and called it good enough.

    (2) Most of these cough and cold medicines have little to no effect on the symptom. They make the mom feel better because she is "doing something" and many moms think the child improves because they've been given something - even when the symptoms stay the same.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:11 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • (3) People are stupid. Many, many people think that if they can buy it over the counter, then it is safe. So when the child didn't get better from the proper dose, they gave the child more. And the child ended up getting very ill or even dying from the overdose. So the labels are changed to state the medicines aren't safe for babies or young children to try to protect the children of the truly stupid.

    (4) As I said before, people are stupid. Many think that "cough and cold" medicines make the cold go away. They don't. These medicines make the symptom go away but don't do anything about the virus. In many cases, making the symptom go away actually makes it harder for the child to get well since many symptoms are the body's way of getting better. So again, the labels are changed to protect the stupid.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:11 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • We put hydrogen peroxide in the ears until the bubbling stops about 2x a day.  Check with your doc or ENT first (covering my own butt), but our experience has been that after a day or two, the virus or cold is gone. You can't do this if the child has tubes.


    Answer by greenergypsy at 2:17 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • ok here is the scoop!!  The reason they are warning about cough meds is because parents are OVERDOSING!! When they are sick, and have a fever you generally give them Tylenol for the fever (not noticing that it is cold & cough) then you give them a cough medicine on top of that , therefore they are getting double the dose (I forget what the ingredient is exactly) but that is what the whole deal is.

    So if your Dr. says it is ok, then it is ok, just remember NOT to give a multi symptom Tylenol, or whatever, with a cough meds.


    Answer by naillady1607 at 2:19 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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