Cold and Cough Medicine for Infants and Children

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, children were allowed to have runny noses and coughs. Colds were expected to last a few days and were considered an inconvenience.

But times have changed. The traditional family unit of one working parent and one at home is no longer the norm. Aside from not wanting your child to suffer, the practical considerations of adjusting day care and work - means adding more stress to a home with an ill child.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are important drugs to use to control fever and pain in children. Too often they are bundled with combinations of antihistamines, decongestants, and cough suppressants, suggesting an all-in-one cure for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections (URIs). Store shelves are filled with these over-the-counter medications that beckon parents to make life a little easier for their child. Yet, even in adults, these medications are less than helpful, and the side effects can be potentially deadly.