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.
Login with your member's username and password to keep reading
Here’s how our membership plans work
- Individual Membership plans can view both Individual member-only articles and our library of Research Journals.
- Early Childhood Service plans can view ALL member articles: Individual, Research Journals and Early Childhood Service articles - along with support and a range of other benefits as outlined on the Join Us page
- Research Journal subscription plans can view our library of Research Journals and the articles in all past and current jounral issues.
Should you not hold a current membership – you are welcome to apply now.