Baby Cold Meds

Are there specific baby cold meds I should give my baby? 

Is it okay to give my baby over-the-counter cold medicine?

It's a good idea to ask the doctor what they suggest for treating your baby's cold. For babies younger than 6 months, most doctors won't recommend over-the-counter cold medicine. 

After a baby is 6 months old, the doctor may recommend that you save baby cold meds for the times your baby really needs them. For example, when your baby's cold is preventing him from sleeping. 

It's important to remember that these medicines won't necessarily shorten the course of your baby's cold or prevent further complications such as ear infections or sinus infections. 

No medicine will make a virus go away faster, but you can help your baby feel better and prevent the infection from getting worse by making sure he gets plenty of rest and liquids. 

Baby Cold Meds

Baby Cold Meds

If your baby is experiencing fevers, you might ask your doctor about infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

Never give your baby aspirin as it makes him more susceptible to Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease. 

Also, be aware that if you give your baby a fever-reducing medicine, you'll want to avoid other over-the-counter remedies that contain these as one of their ingredients, or you'll be giving him a double dose. 

Always check with your doctor before giving your baby or young toddler any medication. 


You might consider asking your doctor about the following baby cold meds or children cold medicines...

  • For a runny nose
    Benadryl is an over the counter antihistamine. Benadryl is very effective at treating symptoms of colds and allergies such as runny nose, sneezing and itching. Benadryl may also cause major drowsiness.


  • For congestion
    Pediacare regular is used to temporarily treat cough and stuffy nose symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses. 

    Saline drops are used to moisten and loosen up the mucus in your baby's nose. 

    Mentholatum Ointment is the classic remedy that generations of Moms have used on their children to help relieve minor muscle aches and pains associated with colds. Rub the mentholatum on your child's chest. The aromatic ingredients penetrate the child's skin acting fast to help provide relief to colds.


  • For a cough only
    Childrens Delsym is a liquid dextromethorphan formula used to temperarily provide relief of coughing due to minor throat and bronchial irritation that occurs with the common cold. 

    Robitussin DM is a cough suppressant and expectorant, it controls the cough and makes it more productive. Sometimes suppressing the cough is not always recommended. 

    Robitussin (not Robitussin DM) is just an expectrant helping with loosening, thinning mucus and drainage. Sometimes it is good just to give the plain Robitussin and let the cough be productive without suppressing it. 

    Unfortunately, these 3 medicines taste pretty bad.


  • For a Fever
    For a fever, it's common to alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 2 to 3 hours.

    Tylenol is a pain reliever and a fever reducer. 

    Motrin is a popular fever reducer known for providing long-lasting fever relief.


  • For when having all symptoms
    Tylenol Flu has the a combination of medicines to relieve all your child’s flu symptoms very effectively.


  • Runny nose and congestion
    For the combination of runny nose and congestion, Dimetap might be the choice.Dimetap has the added benefit of tasting really good.

  • Runny nose, congestion, and cough
    Dimetap DM is often recommended when experiencing all three symptoms, runny nose, cough, and chest congestion.

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