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
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What Can You Give Kids?
If over-the-counter cough and cold drugs are off limits for kids younger
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
- 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
Of course, parents should seek medical care as needed and not hesitate to