Children's Medicines

Children's Medicines

When your child is unwell, it can be as distressing to you as it is for them.

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How to soothe your child’s cough


Keeping your child hydrated is vital when they have a cough as water helps the body to fight illness and keeps their airways clear.


When they’re sleeping, elevate their head to relieve nasal congestion, and introduce a humidifier to prevent their throat from becoming dry and irritated.


You may wish to apply a vapour rub to their skin to help clear their airways or administer cough medicine.


Always speak to a doctor or pharmacist beforehand so they can advise which type of cough your child has and if it’s safe to use at their age.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it’s safe and effective, and it may be a good option for you if you struggle to swallow tablets.


However, to achieve the same amount of pain relief you would get from a normal adult dosage, you might have to take a few teaspoons of a children’s paracetamol, like Calpol.


Children’s paracetamol can be high in sugar, so it’s not advisable to use it as your go-to pain reliever, especially if you’re in a lot of pain.


It might be best to seek an adult variety that you can take, such as dissolvable tablets or a flavoured solution.

There are three types of allergy medicine for children: antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays.


Antihistamines block the chemical histamine, which is released by your child’s immune system when they have an allergic reaction.


Decongestants offer quick relief for nasal and sinus congestion and come in many forms, such as balms, oils, sprays, inhaler sticks, liquid, and tablets.


You can also get nasal sprays for children, with and without a steroid.


They fight the allergy at the source, rather than having to travel through the body, making it more effective for fast allergy relief.

Colds and flu are viral infections, so antibiotics won’t work.


You should make sure your child is drinking plenty of fluids, as fever can cause dehydration, in addition to rest.


If you need to clear your child’s stuffed nose, introduce a humidifier or use a decongestant oil, like Olbas, dabbed on their pillow or clothing.


You may want to administer a painkiller suitable for children such as Calpol or Nurofen, but make sure to speak to a doctor or pharmacist first to ensure it will be safe and effective for your child’s cold.

Certain medicines can be mixed with juice to make it more palatable for your child, but some medicines may react to the juice and become dangerous or less effective.


It’s important to speak to a doctor or pharmacist before you mix your child’s medicine with juice to make sure it’s suitable.


If your child struggles to take medicine because of the taste, speak to a medical professional to see if they can recommend an alternative treatment.

Most children can take ibuprofen, but it’s important to consider their age when deciding the formula to take.


From the age of 3 months your child can take ibuprofen in a liquid form; tablets, capsules and chewables are suitable from the age of 7, and granules from the age of 12.


Ibuprofen isn’t suitable for all children, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving ibuprofen to your child.

A warm, steamy room may loosen the mucus and help your child to breathe better - try a warm bath or a humidifier to keep the air moist.


Congestion is often worse at night, so try to alter their sleeping position by elevating their head with pillows.


You may wish to use a bulb suctioning device, a nasal spray, or a decongestant to release the build-up.


Drinking plenty of fluids will thin out the mucus, which in turn makes it easier for your child to cough up.

If other treatments haven’t worked, you can give your child a travel sickness tablet to make travelling more comfortable.


An over-the-counter drowsy antihistamine like children’s Benadryl or Kwells may be effective at relieving your child’s sickness.


But not all travel sickness medication will be suitable for children, so always speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before giving it to your child.