On Colds Medicine for Infants and Kids

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I read this in the Kids Health magazine Spring 2008 edition. It made me realize things specially now that colds is around and the Ber months are here meaning it's getting cold now. So let's take note of this warning c:

FDA recommends that over-the counter cough and cold products not be used for infants and children underage 2.

The agency is still reviewing the safety of these medications in children ages 2 through 11.

Over-the-counter cold medicines should not be used in children younger than 4, particularly those under age 2,” Dr. Mody says. “First of all, these medications are not effective. Studies have shown that when compared with a placebo, cold medicines don’t provide any relief. And sometimes the side effects are worse than a runny nose.” The side effects are usually caused by the “active ingredients” in the medication, including decongestants and cough suppressants. Many cold medicines also contain pain relievers and fever reducers, such as acetaminophen.

-may cause excitability, irritability and loss of appetite in babies and young children.
“We’ve seen 2-month-old babies cry non-stop for six to eight hours as a result of toxicity from decongestants in over-the-counter cold medicines,” Dr. Mody says.

Cough suppressants
— may cause sedation. The danger is the baby may not wake up to eat and could become dehydrated. Too much may cause breathing problems.

— an overdose may cause life-threatening liver and kidney problems. Many parents are unaware that certain cold medicines contain acetaminophen. As a result, they end up inadvertently “double-dosing” with a fever reducer plus a cold medicine.


“At my house, we treat runny noses with tissues,” says Dr. Mody, a father of three.
For babies and young children who cannot use tissue yet, Dr. Mody has the following advice:

• Use a bulb syringe and saline drops to clean out your baby’s nose, particularly before feeding.

Space out feedings, maybe a little bit less more often, so your baby doesn’t get as tired.

Carry your baby face-down around the house. This will help the mucous drip out and cut down the amount of coughing.

Whenever you have concerns about your child’s health, please consult your pediatrician.

Here are my proven effective suggestions c:

1. Water - The best natural medicine. Encourage your child to drink lots of water after going to the CR or after urination. Helps loosen phlem.

2. Fruit Juice and fruits - Specially fruits rich in vitamin C. Oranges, Dalandan or Dalanghita, calamansi juice. (not recommended for children with asthma)

3. Avoid pineapples, mangoes and chocolates or any products with cocoa - it hardens phlem and makes your throat itchy.

4. Rub or massage your child with cold rub - touch therapy is great it makes your child feel loved and encourages healing (not too strong and not too light). Helps loosen phlem and creates comfort. Apply it on chest and back .

5. Take 1 tbsp. honey add 1pc. lemon or kalamansi or water (mix together) is good for colds too. (as Joanjoyce suggested and thanx I was reminded c:)

Hope this post warned and helped you in any way c:


Gem September 18, 2008 at 7:33 PM  

Hmm... Our family thrives on avoiding medicine as much as possible for simple sickness.

One instance is fever. My mom always gets me well with simply putting on some ice on me overnight. When I'm well enough after the fever I would take a warm bath using water with guava leaves.

I would agree a lot on water, and fruit juices and a bit on fasting. It helps a great deal. =)

And this saves us on expensive hospital bills! =)

iceah September 19, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

@ gem
fasting? bakit? para san yung fasting? curious ako c:

love ely September 19, 2008 at 5:52 AM  

Thanks for sharing these information. I also have a baby 1,5 years old. By having the first child, this post is useful for me.

iceah September 19, 2008 at 8:31 AM  

you are welcome c: i know this is of value that is why i posted it to inform the public too c:

and because our children are precious to us c:

Berryblitz September 20, 2008 at 3:55 AM  

nyeeeeeeeeee yesterday, we gave ivan neozep drops. pero sa instructio...

1 to 3 months is 0.75 ml

lapit na 4 months si ivan. pero binigay namin is .5 lang. ok na naman, la na sya sipon. takot ren kc kami eh

joanjoyce September 20, 2008 at 4:15 AM  

everytime my daughter got colds i always gave her honey on warm water and i find it effective :)

iceah September 20, 2008 at 12:21 PM  

careful lang ganyan talga tayo takot din kasi tayo pero napansin ko tlga na nagrereact ang tyan ni josh everytime i give him neo or anything na may antihistamine i think? may side effects din tlga kya careful lang tayo c: ngyn ko rin lang ito nalaman that's why i posted it kagad c:

iceah September 20, 2008 at 12:23 PM  

yup i forgot to write that my dad taught me that we use naman kalamansi intead of water c: added into honey 1 tbsp. c: thanx din sa added info c:

Tiffiney September 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

I had never heard of #5 on your list..I will have to try this one...Hope all is well with all of you..I have not been on to much this past week..been trying to clean my house and get things ready before my mom's visit..she has gone now and things are getting back to normal..lol...thank you for all your comments on my blog!! I always look forward to reading your post!!

iceah September 22, 2008 at 1:04 AM  

what i wrote on #5 was reminded by joanjoyce and yes it's good natural medicine c: good thing about this is there are no side effects c: and very effective c:

thanx for looking forward at my posts c: i do hope am helping a lot of moms out there too c:

Jeff September 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM  

As a dad and a doctor, I find this a very scary topic. I used to think that as long as my patient’s or I dosed the children’s cold & cough medications right, then everything would be OK. But when I researched this further, it turns out that children have died from “over dose” of ALL THE MAJOR CHILDRENS COLD AND COUGH MEDICINES even when given the correct dose (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/108/3/e52?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=cough+medications&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT).

Here are a few interesting facts:

1. Last October 2008, the drug companies promised the FDA that they would change all their labeling to say “do not use” for children under the age of 2, but I was just in the store last week, and a number of packages still had the old labeling!

2. The FDA reviewed safety and effectiveness data this last fall and its expert panel said that “right now the current cold & cough medications should not be given to children under 6.” Here is a link to the FDA’s minutes, “http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/07/minutes/2007-4323m1-Final.pdf”, see page 6. The FDA made a public advisory in January 2008 about never using it for children under 2, because the Drug companies are fighting them on the panels ruling to never use cold and cough medications on children 2 to 6. Since these drugs were previously allowed by the FDA, the FDA is forced to go though “due process” before they are willing to make an official public statement about never giving these medications to children 2 to 6.

3. The number of infant deaths attributed to cold and cough medicines is dramatically underreported. New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrated that there were at least “10 unexpected infant deaths that were associated with cold-medication” in 2006 alone in the state of Arizona. Extrapolated over the US and Canadian population, that would be over 500 deaths a year associated with cold-medication! (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/122/2/e318)

The thing that the drug companies don’t want anyone to know is that these medications never underwent the rigorous safety and effectiveness studies modern medications have to go though, they we grandfathered in the early 1970’s because at that time experts felt like they seemed to work, and they seemed safe enough.

Interestingly, some researchers from Penn State have shown that Buckwheat honey is better then the OTC drugs for children’s cough. There is a web site that talks about this, and gives lots of research to help parents be better informed about how to help their kids. Check out http://www.honeydontcough.com/


Gem September 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM  

may point si doc jeff.. i agree na maraming doc ang di gumagawa ng further study kung ano talaga ang root cause ng problem, especially kung recurring.

yung fasting, di namin pinipilit kumain kung wala talaga gana. fruits lang kung kaya. then once na clear na ang condition then that's the time na unti-unti na ang pagkain ng normal

iceah September 24, 2008 at 12:39 AM  

@ Jeff
thank you so much for telling me this! is it safe for me to actually post this and quote you because you are a doctor and is licensed to actually say this and i also want to warn parents and people so they will be very careful on using medicines specially for kids. i am a parent too and i know how important our children is to us c: am glad i have discovered this now thank you so much for your time too c:

iceah September 24, 2008 at 12:41 AM  

thank you din sa info mo na yan c: hay! lalo talaga ako natakot for my losh kasi minsan talga he complains of stomach pain pag nag neo sya! kaya pala ayaw kna nadala na talga ako :c

chocobread September 26, 2008 at 5:15 AM  

our baby ivan still has a little running nose. but he's more ok now. it's just the cold weather. we stopped giving him neozep. and even without medicine, he is getting better.

Anonymous September 25, 2011 at 12:56 AM  

my 10 months old baby is having colds and cough and now has a fever she doesn't want to take any medicine is it safe for her to drink calamansi juice with honey for her colds and cough?

isah liit

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