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Recurrent cough and cold in 13 month old baby - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can i help you?
User :   my 13 months toddler is always falling sick-- coughs and cold
Doctor :  
User :   and we have been giving her cold and cough medicine- not too good for children of such young age ?
User :   and my parents are strong advocate of medicine-- sometimes they self medicate
Doctor :  
Young kids are prone to get upper respiratory infection very often.
User :   when do i need to bring the kids to see doc when they have coughs.. my daughter has acute bronchitis before
Doctor :  
Do not medicate them unnecessarily.
User :   why ?
Doctor :  
They have side effects.
User :   oh dear
User :   what are the side effects ?
Doctor :   it depends on the medicine,
Some cough suppresants and cold medicines can cause drowsiness,
User :   do you advise use of ortrivin for nasal congestion
Doctor :   And few are to be avoided in young childen as it may hamper with the growth.

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