What Are Some Good Decongestants for Kids?


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According to Ask Dr. Sears, some good decongestants for kids include Dimetapp Decongestant Pediatric Drops, Triaminic Infant Oral Decongestant Drops, Sudafed Pediatric Nasal Decongestant Oral Drops, Sudafed Children's Nasal Decongestant Liquid and Sudafed Children's Nasal Decongestant Chewables. These can all be used to alleviate the symptoms of a common cold in children, such as nasal congestion and a runny nose.

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What Are Some Good Decongestants for Kids?
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Most of these decongestants can be used for children six months and older. However, always check the label for dosing information before use, according to Ask Dr. Sears. Nasal decongestants make it easier to breathe through the nose while suffering from a cold. They also help to dry up some of the mucus and stop a runny nose from occurring. Because decongestants do not cause drowsiness, they are effective for use during the day.

According to Ask Dr. Sears, one of the most common side effects of taking a decongestant is over-stimulation. Other less common side effects include dizziness, upset stomach and headaches. For a child with a history of seizures, high blood pressure, thyroid disease or heart disease, speak with a doctor before using this medication. For children under 6 months of age, also speak with a doctor before using this medication to alleviate cold symptoms.

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