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Is Defcort syrup safe for severe cough in children?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: Hai my son 2 and half years old ,he had a severe cough with nasal block during night time it become severe he had a disturbed sleep.my doctor prescribed defcort syrup is this steroid is safe for my son? Shall I give this medicine or antibiotic is enough
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Answered by Dr. Archana Verma (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Start with antihistamines and bronchodilator

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I understand your concerns regarding use of steroids. I would not recommend the use of oral steroids unless and until absolutely necessary such as in severe bronchospasm and breathlessness. Steroids have many associated side effects on growing children, so then use is restricted.
I would recommend you to start with antihistamines, bronchodilator and mucolytic such as Syp. Ambrolite S and Syp. Maxtra. You may use Nasivion drops for nasal congestion if required. In case the cough is associated with fever spikes, then antibiotics may be used after throat swab culture, CBC and chest X Ray if indicated on clinical evaluation.

Hopefully it will be of help. I would be happy to help you in any further questions.
Take care
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Brief Answer: Start with antihistamines and bronchodilator Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concerns regarding use of steroids. I would not recommend the use of oral steroids unless and until absolutely necessary such as in severe bronchospasm and breathlessness. Steroids have many associated side effects on growing children, so then use is restricted. I would recommend you to start with antihistamines, bronchodilator and mucolytic such as Syp. Ambrolite S and Syp. Maxtra. You may use Nasivion drops for nasal congestion if required. In case the cough is associated with fever spikes, then antibiotics may be used after throat swab culture, CBC and chest X Ray if indicated on clinical evaluation. Hopefully it will be of help. I would be happy to help you in any further questions. Take care