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What otc medicines can be given for severe cold and cough to a child? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 20-Dec-2013
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User:My daughter is 3.6 years old. she now have sever cough
User:becaus eof which she cant sleep
User:and also stuffed nose but no running nose
User:please help me with some OTC medication, i live in london and i cant buy medicines with out prescription
Doctor:It depends on the other symptoms she may be having
Doctor:Does she have difficulty breathing?
Doctor:Does she have fever?
User:no fever
Doctor:There is one Children's Dimetapp cold and cough
Doctor:available over the counter
Doctor:It is a mixture of cough suppresant and antiallergic
Doctor:It may cause drowsiness
Doctor:Thus give it strictly according to the dose written on the medicine
User:please tell me, i ok even if she sleeps as she is not going to school
Doctor:In fact it should be given if her symptoms are bad
Doctor:Yes it is ok for her to sleep
Doctor:But may disturb her natural pattern of sleep
Doctor:Secondly you will need to monitor her breathing during sleep
Doctor:She should not be having difficulty breathing
User:ok, she snores a bit when she sleeps
Doctor:as it may not be noticeable during sleep
User:but no difficulty in breathing, we will monitor it closely
User:what is the nam eof medicine, can i buy it in pharmacies in UK
Doctor:yes you can buy in pharmacies
Doctor:Children's Dimetapp cold and cough
Doctor:is the name
Doctor:Do not give her any other antiallergic medicine with it
Doctor:Do you have any question here?
User:is this the name of the medicine as i cant find in the pharamacy site
Doctor:Check at walmart
Doctor:Which is your pharmacy site
Doctor:I can check on their website and tell you
Doctor:give me a min
User:we dont have walmart in UK
Doctor:The only cough syrup that I found good for her is Benylin Children's Night Coughs
Doctor:Though it says that it is for >6 yrs of age
Doctor:But it will serve our purpose
User:sure. it will buy that one
User:Thank you any other suggestions are shall end the chat
Doctor:Thanks for consulting
Doctor:Take care
User:thank you
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