All 3 of my daughters have a small cold if you can call it that. They just have a annoying cough and some congestion. I called their Dr. to ask about dosage for some over the counter (OTC) meds and they are no longer recommending any OTC cough/cold medications for children under the age of 6. They can have acetominiphen type products for a fever but it does not help for a cough and runny nose.
I just wanted to know what the dosage would be for my 21 month old 33 lb daughter and they could not help me. I try very hard not to give them meds during the day (unless they are have real bad coughing fits), I want them to fight it but at night I figure they need to rest, especially to fight whatever they have. So right now they recommend a bulb syringe, (I cannot see my almost 2 yo or my 4 yo doing that willingly!), a humidifier (the humidity is at 65 and the temp is 67) and a saline wash (see bulb syringe).
I know there is a good reason for all of this but there has got to be a middle somewhere. Here is part of it:
“The FDA reports receiving 54 reports of deaths of children from 1969 to September 13, 2006 that were linked to decongestants such as pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, and ephedrine. And 69 reports of deaths from antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, brompheniramine, and chlorpheniramine. The bulk of these ER instances including some of the deaths were in children under the age of two and were due to overdoses by using more than one OTC cough or cold product at the same time which contained the same active ingredients.”