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Nasal congestion, mild runny nose. Using a Decongestant will clear nasal passages making it easier to breath through the nose. It also has a mild drying effect so it will help relieve runny nose a bit. I like to use decongestants during the day because they won't make your child drowsy. This is important if your child is going to school. For the child who is "sick at home" I rarely use decongestants by themselves. If your child is miserable enough to need a medication, there is usually a cough or severe runny nose along with the congestion. I usually use an antihistamine-decongestant combination and maybe a cough suppressant to help them sleep or to relieve severe runny nose or cough.
HELPFUL TIP FOR TREATING COLDS
When I give my children cold medication, I have found that the nasal passages can become too dry, that's why it's important to use saline nasal spray throughout the day and a humidifier in the bedroom at night (see natural cold treatments).
While decongestants are safe for younger children, the chewable tablets can be a choking hazard for a child under two-years-old (use drops or liquid instead). The main side effect is over- stimulation. Uncommon side effects are headache, upset stomach and dizziness. If your child has a history of seizures, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease or is taking medications for any of these conditions, consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Maximum dose is 60 milligrams.
Dosing for pseudoephedrine 15mg per tablet:
Dose can be given every 4-6 hours, max 4 doses per day.
|<2 years||Use Liquid or Drops|
|2-6 years (24-47lbs)||Ask your doctor|
|6-12 years (48-95lbs)||2 tablets every 4-6 hours|
|>12 years (>95lbs)||4 tablets every 4-6 hours|