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Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for respiratory illnesses in children under four years of age.
Research has shown these products offer little benefit to young children and can have potentially serious side effects.
Many cough and cold products for children have more than one ingredient, increasing the chance of accidental overdose if combined with another product.
Cough and cold medicines should not be used under age 4, and should be used from age 4 to 6 only if recommended by the child’s doctor. View a video clip here.
There are comfort measures that can be offered to parents of young patients, including plenty of fluids; saline nose drops or spray for stuffy noses; a cool mist humidifier; ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever. Talk to your child's doctor about how to use these products safely.
For coughs, dark honey (Buckwheat Dark Honey, for example) may be given to children over 1 year of age. Giving honey to infants under a year old is dangerous. Talk to your pediatrician about amounts.
Information for Parents:
Coughs and Colds: Medicines or Home Remedies?
Baby-Vac Nasal Aspirator
When I was browsing through the exhibits at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in D.C. last month, I found many interesting, novel and useful gadgets. Among them was a nasal mucus aspirator that connects to your vaccum cleaner. Wow, I thought!! Connect to a vacuum cleaner?!*# That would certainly suck out mucus and maybe too much else as well! Could that possibly be comfortable?
The Baby-Vac was demonstrated to me and put through its paces. Believe it or not, it sucked with an extremely gentle pressure. The hardware is easily cleaned and maintained. The reviews online seem universally positive. The price is not excessive.
If you try this for you child or yourself, please let me know what you think.