Cold Medicines

Cold Medicines

OVER THE COUNTER COUGH & COLD MEDICINES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OF AGE. Federal health advisors say cold and cough medicines do not work for younger children (and can be harmful when given improperly or in combination with other medications). For children under 4 with cold symptoms, we recommend using saline nasal drops and a cool mist humidifier to reduce congestion. Please call our Nurse Line for more information regarding treating cold and cough symptoms for children under 4 years of age.

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Cold medications may be used to lessen symptoms of the common cold. While they do not provide a cure for the cold virus, they may help children to feel better and allow for better sleep and eating. Proper sleep and nutrition assist the body's natural immune system in fighting viruses. Your pharmacy contains a wide variety of over the counter cold medicines, many of which are available in generic formulas. Because active ingredients and formulations change frequently, we recommend you consult package instructions for dosing instructions, potential side effects and interactions with other medications.


SOME FORMULAS CONTAIN A COMBINATION OF INGREDIENTS – BE CAREFUL NOT TO DUPLICATE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS BY GIVING YOUR CHILD MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS. For example, some combination cold medicines contain Tylenol (acetaminophen) and should not be given in combination with separate dosages of acetaminophen.

Information regarding treatment for cough and cold can be found on the following pages of this website:



If you have additional concerns regarding treatment for cough and cold symptoms, please contact our Nurse Line at (303) 699-6200, option #2.

Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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