Even if you could give your little one cold medicine, there are no medications that will cure a cold. Medications — like decongestants — available over the counter will only treat cold symptoms, and for children under 6 they have not even been shown to do that.
What medicine can you give an infant for a cold?
Try nasal saline drops.
Your baby’s doctor may recommend saline nasal drops to moisten nasal passages and loosen thick nasal mucus. Look for these OTC drops in your local pharmacy. Apply saline nasal drops, wait for a short period, and then use a suction bulb to draw mucus out of each nostril.
Why can’t babies have cold medicine?
Children under 2 years of age should not be given any kind of cough and cold product that contains a decongestant or antihistamine because serious and possibly life-threatening side effects could occur. Reported side effects of these products included convulsions, rapid heart rates and death.
What medicine can I give my 1 month old for a cold?
Even though the local drug store may sell infant cold medicine, it is not for infants under 6 months! Never take a chance and give it to your baby because it can actually complicate things. Normally, the only thing a doctor will allow you to give your infant is infant Tylenol (acetaminophen).
How long does a baby cold last?
If your baby has a cold with no complications, it should resolve within 10 to 14 days. Most colds are simply a nuisance. But it’s important to take your baby’s signs and symptoms seriously. If symptoms don’t improve or if they worsen, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
What medicine can you give a 6 month old for cold?
- Babies under 1 month: Call your pediatrician. Fever isn’t normal.
- Babies under 3 months: Call the doctor for advice.
- Babies 3 to 6 months: Give acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours as needed. …
- Babies 6 months or older and toddlers: Give acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours or ibuprofen every 6 to 8 hours.
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