What medicine can I give my 2 1/2 year old!

Jeanna - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and has a cold and I want to know if there is anything I can give her. She has a runny nose, cough, and aches and fever. I have given her infant tylenol but want to know if there is anything out there safe to give her. Or if anyone has any home remedies that are not medicine I am willing to try those too. At what age can I start giving her cold medicine? Any feedback would be great! :)

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Kim - posted on 05/20/2009

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My daughter is almost 3 and recently had a bad cold. I would try the humidifier at night and saline spray/bulb suction during the day and see if that helps. Also tylenol or motrin for the fever. Those things helped some for my daughter but she had a nasty cough that kept her awake all night for over a week. I took her to see pediatrician and she said that daughter was OK but gave me the name and dosage of a decongestant that I could safely give her. It was a product with pseudoephedrine and I had to get it from behind the pharmacy counter.
Point of the story is that if you try the non-medicinal stuff and it doesnt work, ask your pediatrician and they can usually recommend something else to give them. Just always check with them first before giving any cold medications.

Leigh - posted on 04/20/2009

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I know I'm a bit late posting to this, but I have found that a cool mist vaporizer along with Vick's Baby Rub works wonders. The baby rub does not have the menthol or camphor in it. Both of with are very unsafe for children.

Gabrielle - posted on 03/10/2009

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Definitely ask your pediatrician before trying any medicine. The recent decision by the FDA is no cold meds for any kids under 6. For non-medicine, you can try saline drops and a cold humidifier. I have also heard that honey is good for coughs (for kids over 1 yr). Elevate her head when she sleeps. I hope she feels better soon.

Kirsty - posted on 03/03/2009

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im in the uk so our medicnes have differnt names but i use warm squash with a little bit of honey and sugar (put wiskey in it for myself) but its called a hot toddy here and works really well also use a vapour rub or mister and if the coughing keeping her up at night try tilting the top end of the bed slightly so she is not lying down and is sat up a little

Michelle - posted on 03/02/2009

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Another thing you can try for a cough is honey. It will soothe her throat and stop the urge to cough for a while. And like Stephanie said, I use a cold mist vaporizer. You can also try turning on the shower, shutting the door and letting her breathe in the steam.

Stephanie - posted on 03/02/2009

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my pediatrician only recommends vaporizor at night, saline drops for helping clean out the nasal passages, and tyenol for comfort.  If the tyenol doesn't seem to be helping you can always trying childrens motrin, it seems to work better then tyenol with my kids.  Also if the cough is keeping her up at night, call the dr and see about giving deylsum cough syrup.  it works really well but again check with the pediatrician first.

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Ask your pediatrician before giving any and all meds, please. Most peds will say no cold medicine until age 6!

Chinkee - posted on 02/28/2009

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Hi Jeanna,  have you tried nebulizing your daughter with Duavent?  Maybe you can ask your pedia about it.  For aches and fevers, my daughter (2 yrs and 3 mos) takes Dolan.  Unfortunately, she's already immune to other paracetamols.  I hope i was able to help :)

Chinkee - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Jeanna:

What medicine can I give my 2 1/2 year old!

My daughter is 2 1/2 and has a cold and I want to know if there is anything I can give her. She has a runny nose, cough, and aches and fever. I have given her infant tylenol but want to know if there is anything out there safe to give her. Or if anyone has any home remedies that are not medicine I am willing to try those too. At what age can I start giving her cold medicine? Any feedback would be great! :)


 

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