Your kid’s got the sniffles. Sneezes are sure to follow. Which over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can help, and which can hurt, your child? Pharmacist Alex Luli, PharmD, explains:
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- Moist air matters. Humidifiers and nasal saline sprays are helpful (and safe) for all ages!
- Match dose to strength. Medicines come in different concentrations. Use the right dose for your product’s strength.
- Spoons aren’t reliable. Use the product’s measuring device or buy one at your pharmacy.
- After age 1, honey helps. Giving ½ to 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime can ease cough. (Don’t try this before age 1. Honey can cause botulism in infants.)
- Remember Reye’s syndrome. Aspirin can cause this deadly illness in kids younger than 12. Use aspirin only if your doctor OKs it.