One of the more difficult elements in achieving treatment for your children when they have a cold or flu is ensuring the right medication is chosen. Some over-the-counter medications contain opioids, which can be dangerous for children of any age. So, within this latest post, our Pasadena advanced urgent care team looks into your cold and flu medication options when protecting your children.
At 0-4 Years, Avoid Cough and Cold Products
Make sure that children under the age of 4 don’t take cough and cold products. Some can contain opioids, which are known to impact growing children. At this age, you should rely mainly on treating the child with rest, fluids, and close care and attention.
At 4-6 Years, Use Products Under Doctor’s Supervision Only
Between the ages of 4 and 6, it’s important that you only provide your child with cold and flu medications as directed by your doctor. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen can be used in small doses, but make sure that you follow the directions closely to ensure optimal safety. Remember that getting the ideal amount of rest and fluids will help the child feel better in a short amount of time.
Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Suitable for Children Aged 6-12
Both ibuprofen and acetaminophen are suitable for children aged 6-12, as directed by your doctor. Cough and cold products can also be used at this stage, but data on their value for young children is limited. Over-the-counter products can also be used, but speak with your pharmacist directly to ensure dosing instructions are followed.
13 Years+ Can Use OTC Products When Needed
Over the counter products can be safely used when needed for children over the age of 13. But avoid a combination of cough and cold products as they might contain ingredients unsuitable for children. Speak with your Pasadena urgent care specialist before choosing over the counter products.
Please note that our Urgent Care Facilities might not be able to treat all conditions similar to those described here and these patients are referred to a local emergency room if a high-level of care is required.