As parents, it can be difficult to see your child getting sick and miserable time and time again, but you may want to avoid over-the-counter cough and cold medications for young children.
A recent study found that children under the age of 12 should not have decongestants at all — because they can elevate a child’s heart rate and put them at risk for heart-related problems.
Decongestants can also cause irritability – so parents might think their child is cranky because of their illness, but that can actually be a side effect of the medication.
Doctors says running a cool mist vaporizer in a child’s room at night can help loosen up congestion, as can the use of saline nasal drops.
For very small children who cannot blow their nose on their own, using a bulb syringe or suction device to remove nasal mucous is advised.