Health authorities warn against the use of cough and cold medicines for children under the age of 6 years- except for those containing only bromhexine or intra-nasal decongestants (such as oxymetazoline and xylometazoline) and these are approved only for children aged over 2 years.
You will notice that the labels on cough and cold medicines state they are not for use for children under 6 years.
Below we share with you:
- the reasons why
- some safer alternatives for treating a young child
- how early childhood educators and caregivers may respond if asked to administer a cough medicine - on the one hand they have an obligation to administer the medicine if a parent gives written authority but on the other hand they also have a responsibility toward the child for health and safety.
To keep reading, login with your member's username and password
Here’s how our membership plans work
- Individual Members can view all the individual member-only articles and our library of Research Journals.
- Full Early Childhood Service Members (staff and managers) can view everything including individual member articles, ECE research journals, and management and business (Go to the Join Us page for more details)
- Research Library subscribers have access only to our online library of Research Journals (this includes all past and current journal issues).
If you are not yet a member you are welcome to apply now - it takes only a few minutes to apply Go to the JOIN US page