Use Cough Medicines For Children

Coughing is a common symptom. Particularly in children very susceptible to cough due to susceptible to respiratory infections, ENT diseases brought to cough receptors irritated.
Babies cough and cough medicine
A cough is a protective physiological reflex. It is through coughing, which is manifested by the strong exhalation that helps clean the airway, expel mucus, secretions or foreign matter into the airways, helping the respiratory tract to function properly.
There are some cases, such as bronchial asthma, acute bronchitis, needing cough to expel mucus and using cough reflex suppressant is not beneficial, only harmful. In children should only use cough medicine when children dry cough, excessive coughing, causing fatigue, vomiting, insomnia.
Children may also cough due to a cold, especially during the rainy season. In case of a cold, even sore throat (sore throat in children often caused by a viral infection) causes a cough

In this case there is advice: do not need to use cough medicine, but just take proper care: keep warm, rest, get enough nutrition, drink more water (especially for drinking orange juice, lemonade) , the child may go away on its own after 1-2 weeks and does not affect the baby much.


Use Cough Medicines For Children

However, many parents often worry and care when they see a child cough, giving children cough medicine right away.
The most commonly used cough medicine is antihistamines, which have anti-allergic effects but also soothe, relieve coughs, and syrups for children in the form of a syrup or liquid. The drug only contains one antihistamine active ingredient: Phénergan syrup, Théralène syrup.
And drugs containing many components to reduce cough (including antihistamines and cough suppressants are dextromethorphan), Pulmofar liquid, Toplexil syrup, Atussin syrup ... Dose of syrup form is calculated by spoon or measuring device engraved Draw the line with the medication, how the dose for the child will be based on the instructions for use of the drug or ask the pharmacist at the pharmacy for information

In particular, cough medicines contain active ingredients containing antihistamines that have a side effect of causing drowsiness.


Use Cough Medicines For Children

Unfortunately, there are some parents who abuse the drowsiness side effect of giving their children Phénergan or Théralène syrup like a sleeping pill so they don't disturb, don't cry at night and use it for a few days, from month to month ( !). Used as if it is very harmful to the health of children.
The latest medical information recommends that children under 2 years of age not use cough medicines containing antihistamines (such as Phénergan syrup) because they are too small to cause irritation and seizures.
Notes
- When seeing a child coughing and have given some common cough medicine such as anti-allergy syrup for cough treatment mentioned above for several days for no more than 3 days, or seeing the child coughing but breathing method, abnormal breathing rate such as: rapid breathing from 50 times / minute or more, difficult breathing, chest concave on inhalation or difficulty breathing asthma-style, should take the child to a medical facility or doctor immediately for medical treatment.
- Need special attention, there are cough medicines in ingredients containing CODEIN (such as brand name Neocodion, Eucalyptine, Terpine Gonnon, Terpine-codeine ...) only for adults, not for children.


Use Cough Medicines For Children

There were children too young codeine poisoning was lethargic, stopped breathing.
- If the child coughs and has given the child anti-allergic cough syrup for three days without feeling better, he should be examined. At this time, it is clear to choose when to use medicines for dry cough, when to take phlegm thinners, even antibiotics, corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs, only a doctor who is professionally knowledgeable medicine. Sometimes, it is the doctor's examination that finds a child with a cough due to an object in the airway.
- There are some cases where we see doctors treating coughs for children who take antibiotics because they have identified a cough as a symptom of respiratory tract infection or determined to have superinfection. Sometimes doctors give children corticoid anti-inflammatory drugs (such as prenisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone ...


Use Cough Medicines For Children

) when children have severe respiratory infections (pneumonia, bronchitis ...). Or to treat a cough with thick, difficult sputum, there is a medicine that dilutes the phlegm, which reduces the consistency of mucus in the bronchus, such as Mucomyst, Exomuc, etc. which are also prescribed for children. Please be emphasized, drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory corticosteroids must be given to the doctor for medical examination for children appointed, parents should not arbitrarily seek to buy for children to use, misuse will be harmful to children.
Assoc.


Use Cough Medicines For Children

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Huu Duc.

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