What can you give a baby or toddler for a cold?

What over-the-counter medicine can you safely give a young child for a cough or cold?

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It is heartbreaking to see your kids suffer. However, over the counter cough medicines are not to be used for younger children. Remember, normal, non-severe colds help to build your child's immunity. In addition, if you are able to not use medicine and instead use nutrition (soups, warm, wholesome foods, lots of fluids), and lots of rest, you are teaching your child there are alternatives to medicines. The cold medicines don't take away the cold, they only weaken the symptoms. Normal coughing helps to loosen the mucus, so removing the cough can actually prolong the cold.
In the end, you know your child better than anyone. If the cough is severe, persists for several days, or is interrupting with your child's sleep, see your pediatrician. They may be able to prescribe something appropriate for your toddler's age. They will let you know if there is anything abnormal about the cold, or at least assure you that the cold is a "normal" cold and will run its course.

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I give my 3 year old daughter a homeopathic medicine called Cold N Cough 4 Kids. Its all natural and it works well.

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None of them really. Most of them have side effects and all of them are full of artificial colors and flavors and highly processed sugars or pseudosugars.
For a stuffy nose use humidity and saline drops. For a cough also humidity, warmth, and (if they are older than one) a spoonful of honey. To help them heal rest and lots of fluids. Warm nutritious fluids like chicken soup or chamomile tea are best. (Most of the fluids your kid will want are full of highly processed and/or artificial ingredients that work against the immune system.)
The absolute best thing you can do is to nurse on demand. As soon as the infected child touched you (probably before they show symptoms), your body started sending antibodies to your milk.

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I make a homemade cough syrup (works like halls only better) with honey, onion, garlic and ginger for sore throat. I use saline solution for sinuses, vicks rub for chest cold

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I have given my daughter homeopathic cough medicine and found it worked well and tasted good. You can get them right at a drug store. I also have a vaporizer I put on when she has a cold.

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Ibuprofen or paracetamol is really all you should be giving your baby. Our 9mo son has a bad chesty cough at the moment and I found tapping him on the back helps relieve it. See http://www.livestrong.com/article/264905-chest-congestion-remedies-for-babies/ for other non-medicated suggestions...

And if you can, breastfeeding breastfeeding breastfeeding! There are so many good things in breastmilk, nature's done it well - not just antibodies to specific diseases but also oligosaccharides, mucins, free fatty acids that help degrade viruses and bacteria in a non-specific way, or macrophages that actively engulf any pathogens. Other molecules help stave off diseases, such as lactoferrin that deprives bacteria of the iron they need to proliferate, or others that stimulate the production of immune cells in the baby.

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Around 2007, over the counter medications for cough and cold (specifically for infants and toddlers) were pulled form the shelves due to lawsuits. Apparently, parents were giving their children high than recommended doses which resulted in heart problems. The truth of the matter is that cold and cough medications for infants and toddlers do not "cure." Like adult medications they only treat the symptoms, My pediatrician said there is little you could do except treat a high fever with Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen (alternating if really high) and use a warm mist vaporizer/humidifier. Vicks also has a chest vapor rub specifically designed for infants that don't use menthol. I found that giving my children a very warm bath in Johnson and Johnson soothing vapors also helps (but I believe it is only safe for children over 6 months). I also do not use an aspirator to clear the nose unless absolutely necessary. Our nurse told us that clearing the nose causes the body to produce even more mucus. The increased mucus is a result of the bodies defense mechanism to fighting the cold.

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This is what I use and find it works really well. http://boiron.ca/en/products/children/stodal-children/

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