My two year old has a runny nose (clear), cough and red eyes, but no fever what should I give her.

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Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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Don't give Motrin or Tylenol UNLESS they have a fever. These medications should only be used as fever/pain reducers. They will NOT do anything for a basic cold. With your child being only two, the best advice is to just call your doctor. Too many medications are not meant for children under 6 to be taking them. You need to make sure you are treating the right symptoms with the medications appropriately so that you don't overmedicate or give medications that won't have any affect on the nose/eyes/cough. Call your doctor. It could be something simple to treat or it may just have to run its course. Medications are tough on little ones. Therefore, you want to make sure whatever you give her will be benefit and not just something to give.



Try to use a nasal aspirator to help clear out her nose. Saline nose drops will also help. There is a product that is called Little Noses that is a basic saline nose drop. Safe/harmless to any age. The saline will help clear out the bacteria/germs in her nose.

Fiona - posted on 12/26/2009

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i just found a natural remedy...hylands homeppathic tablets with vitamin c helps stop runny nose. but of course a humidifier and staying warm for a few days helps! but this is for a cold not allergies.

Erica - posted on 12/25/2009

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i aree. My daughter has cold symptoms right now because she is cutting her molars- give her e warm bath, some vapor rub on the chest and back... and if there's a fever- a small dose of infants tylenol won't hurt- but don't be too quick to use medication.

Alexandra - posted on 12/23/2009

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I agree with Amy. Don't just give medicine to the child. Have you tried the old fashioned way: cammomile tea, with lemon and honey? Also, a fresh orange/lemon/grapefruit everymorning will help boost the child's imune system. It is normal for this season to have some cold, so don't worry.
I always call my son's doctor and discuss the symptoms, but unless the child has a fever, even the doctor doesn't recommend pills.

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Chalee - posted on 12/25/2009

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U should alternate between tylenol and benadryl and baby chest rub. Rub it on the baby's back and chest.

Beth - posted on 12/23/2009

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Quoting Rikki:

if there is no fever/and not uncomfortable I wouldn't give her anything. Just keep her fluids up, and you could try a vaporizer in the room during the night and naptimes.


Yes this seems more helpful, vaporizers tend to help flush out runny noses. Tylenol might help her if she's a lil fussy.  red eyes sounds like allergies... Ask your dr or local pharmacy about Claratin. But the Vaporizer, and even a lil baby Vicks will help too! :o)

Amy - posted on 12/23/2009

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sounds like a possible allergy. possibly a small dose of benedryl. If it helps then its finding out what the allergy is to

Wendy - posted on 12/22/2009

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I agree with Jessica....Motrin....you can always use saline drops to dry in up alittle. Saline drops has salt or sodium in it. I would not recommend sucking it out after...I would let it drain out...sucking it out can cause the cold (if there is one) to pt pressure on the ears causing an ear infection

April - posted on 12/22/2009

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great thanks for the comments. we do have pets her coughing is keeping her up but she seems fine. I will call the doc tomorrow to see she finally went sleep. Thanks.

Rikki - posted on 12/22/2009

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if there is no fever/and not uncomfortable I wouldn't give her anything. Just keep her fluids up, and you could try a vaporizer in the room during the night and naptimes.

Arlene - posted on 12/22/2009

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It sounds like a cold but maybe also allergies. Do you have pets? There isn't much you can give them over the counter as a toddler. But vicks vapor rub should help clear her up a little bit. I would asl try a little mortin to keep her comfortable

Jessica - posted on 12/22/2009

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Motrin is good to make them comfortable while they get over the nasty cold like symptoms...and no bad side effects.

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