Can I give my toddler cough medicine after she threw up from coughing and gagging from her cod?

Holly - posted on 01/13/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have 3 yr old little girl. she has had this horrible cold. She went to bed tonight and passed out and about 10 mins later she was coughing and gagging and threw up. Now that she passed back out she keeps coughing really bad. Does anybody think I can give her cough medicine? I have Little colds decongestant plus cough and her cetirizine for allergy's the doctor gave her that the last time she had a cold. I don't know what to do

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Holly - posted on 01/14/2013

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thank you.. I actually gave her the Cetirizine before bed tonight and it has seemed to help a little bit, shes had a few coughing spells tonight but not like last night. thank you again for responding. :) oh and she is going to the doctors tomorrow

Liz - posted on 01/14/2013

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I don't know what country you are in, but in the USA the pediatric guidelines are that children need to be 4 years old before they get given cough medicine, as younger children do not get sufficient benefit from it to offset the risks of the medication.

Honey will act as a cough suppressant (and also ease any throat soreness) if you can get her to swallow some. Think about using a pediatric nasal saline mist to help ease congestion, as it may be this which is causing a post nasal drip that is triggering the cough.

Do you use a room mist humidifer? You can find these easily on Amazon and they work well to counter the dryness in room air, especially during the winter when heating is used. Sometimes that dryness can cause irritation and exacerbate a cough.

If the cetirizine has not passed its expiry date, I would try that at the recommended dose. We give our daughter a daily dose due to her asthmatic cough and it definitely helps.

If the situation still concerns you, touch base with her physician.

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