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Cough Syrups for Children – To Give or Not to Give

Antihistamines are a part of many cold medications to reduce the nasal discharge. They have an added benefit in suppressing irritant cough. They may cause constipation as a side effect.  Make sure you plan the child’s diet accordingly. If there is an infection, the cough will not subside till the antibiotic starts to work and it will continue for a few days even after fever subsides.

Finally, I’d like to say that cough prescriptions should not exceed a dosage period of more than two weeks. If a cough does not subside by then we should look for chronic conditions in and outside the lungs.



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Dr. Krishna Mahathi holds diplomas in Pediatrics and in the management of allergies and asthma. Years of working and interacting with children and parents have given her insight into developmental disabilities. She wishes that there was more awareness and acceptance of the issues that differently-abled children face and hopes that through this blog, she can enable thse children and their families to make sensible and informed choices.

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