October 10, 2008

Over the Counter Meds & Kids Under 4...

I just got the following information from baby.com:

"Cough and cold season is here. And if you've got kids, you should feel confident knowing how to treat them responsibly. Here's what you need to know.For children age 4 years and over, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines including Children's TYLENOL® Plus cough and cold products are safe and effective when used as directed. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions carefully.

Try these other ways to soothe their symptoms too.
  • As simple as it sounds, making sure your child gets plenty of rest is one of the best ways you can help them feel better.
  • Giving them plenty of fluids can help ease congestion, cool a fever, and soothe a scratchy throat.
  • To help with a dry or stuffy nose, use saline nose drops to help loosen things up. Ask your pediatrician which ones to use.
  • Using a cool mist humidifier will keep air moist, which can help clear your child's clogged nasal passages. Just be sure to clean the humidifier often to avoid spreading germs.
If you have children under age 4 years, using OTC cough and cold medicines are no longer recommended, so you should talk to your doctor about other ways to treat your child's cold.

Single-ingredient pain relievers and fever reducers such as Infants' and Children's TYLENOL® and Infants' and Children's MOTRIN® are other options you can use to keep your child comfortable.

Remember that whenever you have questions about how to treat your child's cough and cold symptoms, you should call your doctor."

A little scary that now over the counter items should not be given to our kids under 4? Maybe we should just avoid the meds all together...


Joy ☺ said...

whatever happened to good 'ole plain whiskey?
Just kidding!

Bovee Brigade said...

I give my children good hot (well, not too hot) showers to help loosen things up. Also, rubbing their feet, lower legs, and chest with mentholated cream or ointment is really beneficial as well. And a good garlic oil, which doesn't taste the best, is great for giving their bodies a jump start to fighting off the sickness. Let me know if anybody wants a recipe for garlic oil.

Sarah said...

I MAY end up wanting that from you... Can you mix it with anything that would help the taste? I mean is it think enough you could eat it on bread or could you mix it in potatoes or anything???

Bovee Brigade said...

All I do is put some chopped garlic in a jar and cover it completely with olive oil. Leave sit for 6 weeks and then it is ready. I usually include mullein leaves and flowers to it for ear aches. You could use it for cooking actually. It would be really concentrated though.