A little late for me...

my kid's almost 12 now... hopefully the cold medicine I gave her as a tot doesn't damage her for life...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21376717/

ROzbeans 16 years ago
I was watching this on the Today show this morning. Catherine had this weird fever thing for like 6 months with no explanation as to why it was happening, but they had me giving her tons of tylenol and motrin. =/ Awesome.
MoonLily 16 years ago
My kids take benedryl and tylenol. Always seems to work for them, they breathe easier and the fever goes down to a manageable level. I only medicate as a last resort prior to spending the night in the ER, and since our hospital is a three hour drive away now... I'm going to follow the pedi's suggestions and ignore the "don't work on children" statements. Because children are people, and each person is different. Don't generalize and tell me what does and does not work. /ends rant

We're dealing with a combination of cold/bronchitis/and hay fever of all things right now here... so I'm kinda grumpy. Thanks for the article though :
Lessa 16 years ago
tylenol and motrin are fever reducers, not really cold medicines, and they do work,

cold medicines its tougher to tell, cause in my experience they just tend to knock them out hehe. But my youngest is 5, so its not really worth knowing about it now. *shrug*
benedryl is a antihistimine ( allergy medicine) its possible it too works fine for kids..
ROzbeans 16 years ago
I don't give Catherine anything but tylenol anyway, except those goofy little cute patches that smell good.
Vex 16 years ago
so... whats the harm? i must've missed it in the article.

"it doesn't work" was all i could gather.
Lolanae 16 years ago
The "harm" seems to be in potential over medicating, adverse reactions, ect. Atleast that's all that I could gather from what I've read.

I know when I was a kid, I practically lived off Dimetap. The doctor had my mom give it to me to soothe my cough and knock my ass out.
FyreGarnett 16 years ago
my son takes a daily dose of claritin - and trust me, the stuff works. doesn't knock him out, but it does keep his nose clear. you know when i dose or two have been missed - totally gross, lemme tell you. and he's 2 1/2. the dr put him on it to stop the ear infections - and hasn't had one since then (he was having them every couple of months before then).
Lolanae 16 years ago
I remember when Clairitin used to be perscription only. lol
Sarah 16 years ago
From what I understand they are finding that the levels of the drugs are inconsistent from brand to brand and that there is a high potential for over dosage. I didn't start giving my kids the all-in-ones until my oldest turned six. Before that I gave a dose of Tylenol, a dose of benedryl and then a dose of delsym if they had a cough. That way I was able to control how much of each medicine they got. So that if they needed a half dose of benedryl and a full dose of the cough syrup I could do that.