Can I give my child over-the-counter cough medicine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children under the age of 4. This is because these medicines have not been proven to be effective in young children, and they can have serious side effects, including slowed or shallow breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Additionally, there is a risk of overdose, especially if the child is given multiple different products containing the same active ingredient. If a child under 4 has a cough, it is best to consult a pediatrician for advice on how to relieve their symptoms, as alternative treatments such as honey or a humidifier may be more appropriate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using honey or cough drops to relieve cough symptoms. If a child has a cough due to a cold, it is best to let the cough run its course and to treat the symptoms (such as fever and congestion) as needed. If the cough is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms, it is best to consult a pediatrician.

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