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Sunday, February 20, 2011 lilahyamin, Community Member, asks

Q: What cough medicine can you give a one year old?

Can I Give A 20 Month Old Baby Cough Medicine  I run a daycare so my kids are always catching bugs. My daughter's kid is sick and she tends to get worse than other children  Can I get her cough medicine instead of always having to wait until she gets worse and gets an ear infection (she tends to get those after a mucousy cold).  She does have tubes, but every once in awhile she gets ear infection. Is there something I can get off the counter for common cold or runny nose congestion and cough?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
2/22/11 10:37pm

This is outside my area of expertise, but as a grandmother myself, I know that currently they do not recommend any over-the-counter medications for children under two years.  I'd suggest that your daughter call her child's pediatrician and ask what she can do when her daughter gets sick to try and prevent her from getting worse.  I know how heartbreaking it is to see your child or grandchild sick and feel helpless to help them.  I hope the pediatrician has some helpful suggestions.


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