Should I use over-the-counter medications for my baby’s cold ?

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.

Over the counter medicines can harm your baby.
  • 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.

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