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.
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.
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