Dry Cough And Cold For 1 Year Olds

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Salam.dok my child is 1 year old 2 months. Now it’s a dry cough and runny nose. I had bought a medicine for flu, the name of the medicine was triaminic berry flavor. Pharmacy officials only tell the amount of drug dosage 3x a day. After I read again it turns out the dose for 1 year old child must be according to doctor’s instructions. May I know the right dosage for my child’s age. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Gita,

Thank you for the question.

Coughs and colds in children can be many possible triggers, the most common are allergies, viral infections, exposure to dry air or cold temperatures, bacterial infections, foreign body intrusion, and so on. This condition is not always dangerous, nor does it always need to be treated with medication. Specifically for the drug you mentioned, the active ingredient (dextromethorphan and pseudoephedrine) is indeed not recommended for children aged less than 2 years, except for prescription and direct supervision from a doctor. The determination of the dose of this drug also not only needs to be determined by considering the age of the child, but also the body's posture and the severity of the disease.

Therefore, only armed with a brief statement like this, we are also not authorized to describe in detail the proper procedures for giving the drug to your child. Our advice, so that the cough and runny nose subside, do not just carelessly give him medicine. It's safer, do it first:

Give the child ASI and warm water often
Also give him food that is of high nutritional value, not too oily, not cold, and not artificially sweetened
In between meals, give him a lot of fruit that contains vitamin C rich
Condition the environment around the child so that it is always clean, not too cold, and free from dust, animal hair, smoke, and other substances that are prone to trigger inflammation in the airways
Diligently bathe the child with warm water, also wash his hands with soap
Keep the child away from other people who are coughing, runny nose, sneezing, and fever
Do not take children out of the house, unless urgent
Dry the child in the morning sun so the mucus in the nose and throat will melt

If there is a high fever for more than 3 days, severe tightness, or other more severe complaints, take your child to see the doctor or pediatrician directly to be treated further. Conversely, if with the efforts above your child's complaints have improved, do not used to rush to take him to a health facility and do the handling independently at home, so that the risk of contracting dangerous diseases (such as COVID-19) can be minimized.

Hope this helps ...

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