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Meds, Creams and Other Aids


FORMUMMIESBYMUMMY.COM 8. Physiogel AI Cream Physiogel is known for its various creams and body lotions for sensitive skin. The Physiogel AI cream was recommended for young children by my pediatrician for my son's mild eczema condition when he was only a few months old. It is a very effective moisturiser in soothing or preventing any redness or irritation on the skin. 9. Zyrtec (Cetirizine) and Chlorpheniramine These are anti-histamines for allergies, sneezing, itching and runny nose. The Zyrtec syrup comes in banana flavour for kids, but I personally find the smell unbearable. It was a nightmare giving it to my daughter when she had to take it at around 6 months. She totally disliked the taste. After giving feedback to my pediatrician, she gave us Chlorpheniramine instead, which my daughter took well. Chlorpheniramine tends to cause more drowsiness as compared to Zyrtec. But I actually prefer that my children take meds that will make them drowsy so they can nap more when they are unwell. 10. Dimetapp Dimetapp consists of brompheniramine and phenylephrine, which is an antihistamine and a decongestant respectively. It can be used for common cold, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose. It's supposed to be a stronger med as compared to Zyrtec and Chlorpheniramine, which is why my pediatrician recommended these for my boys, but not for my daughter under 2. Dimetapp can be purchased directly from the Pharmacist. 11. Rhinathiol Promethazine This consists of carbocisteine which is a mucolytic that helps to reduce viscosity of sputum, and promethazine hydrochloride which is an antihistamine. So Rhinathiol Promethazine can be used for coughs and to reduce phlegm. When my boys suffer from cough and runny nose, I would give them both dimetapp and rhinathiol promethazine. Note that these two meds are not recommended for children under 2 years. P a g e | 4

FORMUMMIESBYMUMMY.COM Note: The antihistamines in the meds may cause drowsiness, which affect different children to different extent, so it's also important to monitor your children when they are given sedative medications. 12. Abrilar / Prospan Abrilar is a cough syrup made from ivy leaves dry extract. It's very safe for even babies under 1 year, pregnant mums and nursing mums. It has a pleasant taste too, which was well-approved by my daughter. This is an OTC (over-thecounter) medicine. 13. Nebuliser Well, the nebuliser is not exactly an aid to keep at home. It is largely used for children who suffer from severe asthma. However, when my daughter suffered bronchiolitis when she was 6 months old, after her first dip in the pool, she had fever then developed a very nasty cough over two weeks,and didn't take the medicines well. The pediatrician hence suggested I rent home the nebuliser for her. Basically the nebuliser converts liquid medicines into gas, so you just have to bring the small face mask close to your child's nose for her to breathe in the gas. It's odourless, so you don't have to worry about any bad smell putting off your child. However, the young child might be bothered by the whirring sound of the nebuliser when it's switched on. Also, the medications are definitely more expensive than the typical oral meds, and you would also have to pay a rental fee to bring the machine home over a few days. The nebuliser worked well for us, and the medication course is much more effective and only required three days, as compared to her probably having to take the oral meds for a week. Knowing your options for different types of medicines and different ways of administering the meds will help you in deciding, along with your physician, the best method to treat your child, in the least unpleasant manner. Disclaimer: My suggestions here are based on personal experience on how I care for my 3 children at home, which you might also find useful. If you have any doubts, you should always consult a medical professional. P a g e | 5

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