What should I give my toddler for a cold?

I have some child cough-syrup but I don't know if I can use that for a toddler. Can I?
I have some home remedys, Like hot green tea and honey but she wont eat it.
I have an appointment for her with the doctor Monday but till then I don't know what to give her. Any ideas?

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Bugaloo615

Asked by Bugaloo615 at 1:19 PM on Oct. 11, 2008 in Health

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  • My rememdy is whatever is the most non-invasive. Lots of fluids. Vicks or a humidifier if your LO is congested, and some rest.
    JDanesMommy

    Answer by JDanesMommy at 1:31 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • i gave my 2 year old pediatric Robitussin. 1 tsp every 6 hours or so { morning, before naps, and before bed} knocked his cold out in 3 days and he lives to tell about it....i got mine at walmart.

    MedStudentMom08

    Answer by MedStudentMom08 at 1:55 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • chicken soup :)
    JCRestoredme

    Answer by JCRestoredme at 2:03 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • You can give your child childrens cough and cold medicine. You said your child is 2. The dosage on the package should be for 2 and up. If it isnt, call your doctor or pharmacist and they can give you the correct dosage. The same ingredients that were in infant medicine before they discontinued it is the same that is in childrens, it was just less concentrated. So, yes you can give her childrens medicine. Make sure you get the correct dosage from your doctor if it isnt on the package. If she is congested, put saline drops in her nose, suck it out, then put a few drops in again to help break up the mucous. Humidifiers work to help keep her decongested. When she sleeps, prop her up if possible. This will help her to breathe while she sleeps. Hope she gets well soon!!
    stampmama

    Answer by stampmama at 2:12 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)

    I urge you to review the list of medicines with PPA and avoid these medications. All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are dangerous. Please read this CAREFULLY.


    1 Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
    2.
    3D Cold & Cough Berry
    3.
    3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

    Please, Please stay away from giving your child these meds.
    Taylor6

    Answer by Taylor6 at 2:18 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • Lots of rest. Put Vick's on her chest and feet than put some socks on her. This week it was released that giving cold medicines to children under 4 is no longer recommended, it can damage the liver.
    LolosMom

    Answer by LolosMom at 2:30 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • I use Ecaliptus oil in their bath water. After that suck out their nose with the brain sucker ball. Thich PJs or shirt and vicks. Also try different tea with the honey.... maybe it is the green tea your LO doesn't care for.
    GL mama
    Noahs-Mom

    Answer by Noahs-Mom at 3:16 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • I heard that too Lolo. But they also said that its still smart to give them medicine IF they are running a fever. To help with sniffles and coughs, then you use the vicks and humidifier only. But if theyre running a fever, then medicine should be used.
    stampmama

    Answer by stampmama at 4:24 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • i know what are we suppose to use with a cold right? esp now that they are saying that no kid under 4 should be using something. I would call the dr office and just check. they could help more than anyone...last year they told me to get some mucinex for kids. it seemed to help. and of course vicks all over the chest and feet!!! good luck.
    ldylancer03

    Answer by ldylancer03 at 5:16 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • My 21 month old gets colds all the time!! I usually have him sleep with a humidifier, sometimes if it is really bad we will run the shower until the bathroom gets steamy and sit with him in there for awhile. Sometimes I will give him a little bit if pediacare or tylenol cold, and saline nose drops.
    ELC

    Answer by ELC at 5:27 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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