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Caution urged when giving kids cold and flu meds

November 17, 2019

(soft piano music) – [Narrator] It’s cold
and flu season again, causing misery for the little
people in your household. New guidelines warn parents
that over-the-counter cough and cold medications
should not be used by children under six years of age. But what should parents
do to help their children through runny noses, coughs, and aches? – These guidelines for the
use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines in young children have changed recently
because studies have shown that these medicines are not
effective in young children and that these medicines can
have serious side effects that include hives, drowsiness,
difficulty breathing, and sometimes, in certain cases, death. It’s very important for parents to know that over-the-counter
cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children
younger than six years old. Regardless of your child’s weight, over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be used in
children under four years old. There’s some things that we can do to manage your child’s symptoms. If they have a runny nose,
use a bulb suction for infants or have your child blow their nose. If they have blocked noses,
you can use nasal saline drops to loosen up the dried mucous,
and then use bulb suction or have them blow their nose. If they’re coughing, you
can try a teaspoon of honey or corn syrup for kids over one years old. Certainly making sure that your child drinks plenty of fluids helps because being well-hydrated
helps to thin out the mucous, it helps with the congestion. A good rule of thumb
for parents to remember is that cold symptoms caused by a virus typically last about four to five days, so if your child is having
fever more than five days, is complaining of ear pain,
complaining of sinus pain, headaches, is having a
prolonged cough and runny nose for over two weeks, certainly
you should contact your doctor and have your child seen. If your child is having
any difficulty breathing or wheezing, they should be
seen by the doctor right away. For infants less than three months old, they should be seen by their doctor if they have any signs of fever. (soft piano music)


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  • Reply god is amazing April 21, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Why is the pharmacy having it over the counter though

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