Treating Colds in Young Children
Many OTC cough and cold medications have recently been withdrawn from the market because there is insufficient data to show they are effective, and their misuse (often unintentional) has led to serious adverse effects and even death. Non-drug therapies are now recommended for initial treatment of cough and congestion, plus use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever or discomfort. Parents/caregivers should understand the differences between various product formulations (i.e., liquid acetaminophen preparations vary in concentration), and the importance of using a calibrated measuring device - not a household teaspoon. To help a child feel better until a virus runs its course: Relieve a stuffy nose by thinning the mucus using unmedicated saline nose drops or spray. Clear a baby's nose with a suction bulb. Use a cool-mist humidifier in the child's room and clean it often. Prevent dehydration by making sure the child drinks plenty of fluids. He may prefer clear liquids and not feel like eating if he is congested. Call a doctor for symptoms in a child under 3 months, a fever over 24 hours in a child under 2 years, or if the child has ear pain, severe sore throat, or symptoms that don't improve within 10 to 14 days. Ask our compounding professionals about flavored, customized dosage forms for children.