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Treating Your Baby’s Cold: Avoid over-the-counter medicine


Treating Your Baby's Cold: Avoid over-the-counter medicine

Kelli Shidler, M.D.
​​​​Boys Town Pediatrics

For the common cold we don't recommend over-the-counter cold and cough treatments. The studies have shown six years and under the over-the-counter cold and cough medicines do not work.

They're not effective and they actually can cause some side effects like heart rhythm problems.

Our mainstay of treatment is still the suctioning; the saline and then a cool-mist humidifier can really help with that common cold.​

The common cold is caused by a virus. Dr. Kelli Shidler​, pediatrician with Boys Town Pediatrics, explains why treating your child's common cold with over-the-counter medicines is not recommended.