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Cough, Cold Drugs Not for Kids Under 4

Voluntary Label Change Says Don't Give Over-the-Counter Pediatric Cough and Cold Medicine to Children Younger Than 4

What Can You Give Kids?

If over-the-counter cough and cold drugs are off limits for kids younger than 4, what can you give those children?

Nothing cures a cold, but pediatricians say these strategies may help:

  • Keep kids hydrated.
  • Reduce the child's fever using appropriate medication (check with a doctor).
  • Consider using honey for coughs or sore throat for kids older than 1.
  • To ease congestion, consider using saline nasal drops or a humidifier, and keep the child's head elevated when resting (tuck a rolled-up towel under the crib mattress for small kids, and between the mattress and box spring for older children).

Of course, parents should seek medical care as needed and not hesitate to ask questions.


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