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Question:

Should I give my child under 4 years old over-the-counter cough and cold medications for their cough?

Answer:

No
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MedHead Message:

So it turns out that if you kid has a cold, don’t get stuff like nyquil. The risks outweigh the benefits of these products. Do try some raw honey 1 tbsp (in 1 year olds and older) in lukewarm water, as needed for cough.

References:

"1. http://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/american-academy-pediatrics-cough-and-cold-medicines-for-children-under-four/ 2. 1. Over-the-counter medications for acute cough in children and adults in ambulatory settings. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(1):CD001831. "

 

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