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Children’s Cold Medicine: Safety Information

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How Else Can I Relieve My Child's Cold Symptoms?

Cough and cold medicine is not the only way to relieve your child's cold symptoms. Here are some other ways to provide relief to your child:

  • Use pain relievers such as Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for body aches. Do not use ibuprofen in children under age 6 months. Do not use aspirin with any child because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious disease.
  • Try saline drops or saline nasal irrigation to clear thick mucus out of your child's nose.
  • Give your child plenty of liquids to increase hydration and help thin mucus.
  • Use a humidifier in your child's room to add moisture to the dry air.
  • If your child has asthma or wheezes, talk to your doctor. Your child may benefit from a bronchodilator (beta-agonist medication) to relieve swollen airways.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

If your child's cold symptoms worsen or don't go away in a week, call your child's doctor and see if there might be another problem. Sometimes a cold can cause a secondary infection, such as a sinus infection or ear infection.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on July 09, 2014
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