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Child having cough and cold. Advised for T-minic. Now prescribed with relent. Is it safe?

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My son Aarush will turn 8 months old in another 10 days. He has been having cough and cold since past 2 weeks. He was advised T-minic the first week for 3 days and Sinarest the following week. Though cold has reduced, its not gone completely.

Paediatrician has now advised 2.5ml of Relent+(Dr. Reddy's) once a day for next five days. The dosage information on the carton states that its for 2 yrs children & above.
Is it safe to administer to a 8-month baby? Also, does it have side-effects.

I have another question too. When can I expect my baby to start sleeping though the night without feeds. At present, his sleep patterns aren't very good. he stays awake during nights 12-3am/1-4am. Is there something we can do in this regard i.e improve his sleep cycle?

Posted Tue, 28 May 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Unfortunately the symptoms of a cold can last up to 6 weeks especially in young children because their immune system is weak and only now starting to build up.
In addition they can get up to 10 colds a year so that one cold can lead into another.
Relent contains two medications which can be used in children younger than 2 yrs old, the doctor may just adjust the dosage to suit his age. One is a medication to break up the mucus , the other is an antihistamine, both are used less than 1 yr with changes in amount given.
In terms of side effects occasional gastrointestinal upset can occur as well as drowsiness.

In terms of sleeping habits:
(1) choose a time for him to sleep every night, for example with my two children , as babies I would start feeding them supper at 5 pm and get them ready for bed at 6 pm every night. Supper should be filling. At his age he should be using cereals and a few crushed foods along with his milk.
Make sure he is full and establish a fixed routine, every evening the same time he goes down
(2)start a routine he would associate with sleep, I would read to my babies before bed, when they see the books they know sleep is coming. Some women may sing or play quiet music
(3)Don't put him to bed asleep, put him in sleepy but awake. He would learn to associate bed with the process of falling asleep and also he learns to put himself to sleep. When persons feed the baby to sleep or rock or cuddle babies to sleep when the baby wakes he or she cannot go back to sleep by himself, they need you to do that again to get to sleep.
From the time mine came home I allowed them to teach them selves to go to sleep, when they turned and woke up at night they would then put themselves to sleep after feeding if they needed it.
If he cries which may happen, wait 5 to 10 minutes to see if he stops, I know it is hard. If he doesn't , take him up, comfort him for a minute and put him back down and leave.
Repeat again if he cries for more than 10 minutes, soon he would just nod off
Remember, crying is not hurting him, most parents try this to teach children to sleep on their own, he is learning.

(3)keep night time quiet, talk softly, no playing, little interaction. If he wakes up , feed him and change him in silence and put him back to his crib to sleep. He will learn this is time to sleep not play

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

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Follow-up: Child having cough and cold. Advised for T-minic. Now prescribed with relent. Is it safe? 23 hours later
Thank you Doctor. This really helps.

Also, the paediatrician prescribed Iron supplement - iron drops Trifer, 0.5ml once a day for next 2 months. Is this external supplement required for a 8-month baby and why?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Most pediatric medical associations recommend supplementation with iron for breast fed babies. The american academy of pediatric recommends all breast fed babies be given from 4 months.

Formula would contain iron supplements so those babies receive it that way.

Please feel you can ask any other questions
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