You've said in the past that we should not give cold medicine to young children, but what can a parent do for a child with a cold? - Marilyn
Over the counter cold and cough medicines just aren't safe for children under the age of two even if you adjust the dosage. Unfortunately, some children have died from side effects of these medicines. Because of this, the FDA has determined they're not safe. If your child has a cold, you should do some basic things to help get him or her better. Encourage clear fluids, put a humidifier in the room to help keep moisture in the air and if the nose gets stuffed, use saline drops and a bulb syringe to suck out the mucous. This conservative treatment is the best way to go. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen work well to keep the fever down. If you think your child is not getting better or the condition worsens, a trip to the pediatrician is probably a good idea.
Dear Dr. Steve,
Other than saving money, are there any benefits with taking generic prescription medication? - Tim
Generic prescription medications have the exact same pharmacologic effect as brand name prescription drugs, so why would you pay for a brand name? Many pharmaceutical companies would like consumers to buy their brand because they've invested in the research to discover and develop that medication. But once it comes off patent, other manufacturers are permitted to create generic versions and sell them at a much cheaper rate as long as the effects are the same. So to answer your question, generic drugs are cheaper and work just as well as brand names.
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