The general consensus among pediatricians and family doctors regarding treating a baby’s cold with over-the-counter decongestants and/or cough medicines is simple. Don’t do it.
- These medications rarely give your baby relief and pose hazards if you accidentally give your baby too much.
- The other downside to using these products is the potential for undesired side effects – hyperactivity, excessive sleepiness and/or irritability.
- The exception to the over-the-counter medicine rule is acetaminophen/paracetamol and ibuprofen. Both of these medications reduce fevers and pain. Ibuprofen also works on inﬂammation.
- Before using either of these medications check with your doctor or your pharmacist on the best way to administer the correct dosage.
- Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen are given in doses based on your baby’s weight. Always check your baby’s weight before choosing the dose.
- Babies under two months should not be given any medication without guidance from your pediatrician.