Question about cold medicines

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Question about cold medicines
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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 2:33pm
My ds is 2 1/2 and not feeling well. I have heard so much about so many different cold medicines for little ones. What does everybody else use and what have you heard about some of the more popular brands? Tylenol? Motrin? Dimetapp?
Becky
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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 2:36pm

They are all very similar, but they treat for different things. Look for one that will treat ONLY the symptoms your daughter has, or as close to it as possible. No point in giving them drugs for ailments they don't have. Here is a great website about meds for kids:


http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T089900.asp


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Registered: 12-02-2003
Fri, 06-02-2006 - 2:56pm
Becky - I always use Tylenol Cold for my 2 1/2 DS year old and it seems to work fine. Tylenol is one of the most studied drugs - so I feel pretty good about the saftey. Hope your DS feels better.
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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 3:32pm
I think at age 2 1/2 there are no dosage guidelines on the bottles because they want you to call your pediatrician.

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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 3:42pm
This is just my experience (and what my 3 yr olds ped said), but I don't think cold medicines work on kids this young.
Jenn

 

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Registered: 12-02-2003
Fri, 06-02-2006 - 4:06pm
I was talking about Concentrated Tylenol Infants' Drops Plus Cold. The dosage starts at 24 months. Before that they say to call your doctor. Always good to check with your Ped first though. Good luck!
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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 4:12pm

i buy store brand--whatever is on sale. it is pretty much all the same. just look at the ingredients. mostly we get tylenol cold and cough for the kids (but the generic store brand).

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 06-02-2006 - 4:59pm

You might want to talk to your pediatrician on this one. Mine is of the opinion that we shouldn't give cold medicine as it doesn't actually help. They've told me to give cough medicine at night, if the child is having trouble sleeping (and has prescribed it when Benji's had colds resulting in ear infections). But at other times I've been told not to use it.

Anyway, you might just want to double check with your ped on this one!

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Fri, 06-02-2006 - 5:08pm

I've been told not to use Tyelnol or Motrin cold, as they have both have the cold medication AND the fever reducer medication.