Pros: It worked sort of, doesn't taste too bad.
Cons: Non-drowsy - NOT, didn't last long
Recently my 3 1/2 year old son and I both were hit with a cold. His little nose was red and raw from being wiped so much because it was running so badly. He was very irritable, as was I.
Generally speaking, when Zack gets sick I usually give him Pedia-Care. Due to a recent attack of night terrors again, though, he was placed on a prescription medication and I wasn't sure what he could and couldn't take, so I called his doctor. According to the doctor the only thing I could give him was Sudafed. Of course I have a bottle of everything but, so I went to the store and picked up a bottle.
There were two different children's versions of Sudafed, so I grabbed the Pharmacist and after I told him the problem he said that we needed the Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant. I took the bottle, paid for it and we went home.
Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant comes in a white and purple box with a picture of some kids getting on a school bus. The bottle itself is a dark colored plastic, which I don't care for. It makes it hard to tell how much is in the bottle. The bottle comes in one size, at least that was all I saw, and it is 4 fl oz. I hope you have your own measuring cup, because this doesn't come with one.
The label is white with purple lettering as well. According to the label Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant is for stuffy noses and sinus pressure, due to colds and allergies. It is also alcohol and sugar free. The label also has a bunch of purple grapes and says grape flavored, and the liquid itself is indeed the same color as the grapes on the label. It actually isn't bad. I didn't try a lot, but it's hard to tell a child it doesn't taste bad when you have never tried it, ya know?
Giving Zack medication is almost impossible under the best circumstances. With him being Autistic, I believe it is even worse because he doesn't care to be touched unless it is on his terms, and someone pouring an icky medicine down his throat isn't exactly his terms. I has already discussed this with his doctor and so I mix his medications with a little bit of apple juice, which is the only thing he will drink, to cover up the taste a little bit. It also doesn't stress his out any more than necessary.
After about 30 minutes or so I notice Zack is getting more irritable. Just what I didn't need. His nose didn't seem to be running near as much, but he was really slowing down. About 15 minutes later he is passed out on the sofa watching The Wiggles. Well, the TV was on, but the lights were out. I picked him up and put him to bed. I went into the kitchen and looked the bottle over again. Yup, that's what I thought. There in purple letters it said "non-drowsy". Well, ok. Maybe with him being sick he was just tired so he fell asleep. It could happen.
When Zack woke up about two hours later his poor little nose was running all over the place again. Because it hadn't been at least 4 hours I couldn't give it to him again. We had to deal with his little nose running and being sore, which he did NOT appreciate. Frankly neither did I. My wiping his nose to keep it from running into his mouth only mad him mad, which made him cry, which made his nose run. A disgusting chain of events that left us both grouchy and miserable.
Finally the four hour mark had came again. I put the medicine in his juice and within 45 minutes his nose started to quit running. Then he started zoning out. He was sitting on the sofa nodding off while watching TV again. Darn it! He had just had a nap and it wasn't even close to bedtime yet. Within 15 more minutes he was sleeping again. Ok, MAYBE it is because he didn't get his whole nap out. Maybe he is just still tired and because he isn't feeling well he is falling alseep. It could happen.
Well, we did this song and dance for three days, and we're still doing it. I don't give him the Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant anymore unless it is getting close to bedtime. His nose still runs, but not as bad as his cold is clearing up. The Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant does help him sleep a little better as his nose isn't giving him as many problems, so he sleeps a little better, at least to start with.
I couldn't get the Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant to last more than 2-3 hours at best. It did help, but if it weren't for the prescription medication he is on I would have gone to something else. When it is the only thing you can give your child for some relief without interacting with his current medication what else can you do?
From the bottle:
Take every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
Children under 2 years of age - Ask a doctor
Children 2 to under 6 years of age - 1 teaspoonful
Children 6 to under 12 years of age - 2 teaspoonfuls
Adults and children 12 years of age and over - 4 teaspoons
Store at 59-77 degrees F
Active Ingredient (in each 5ml or 1 teaspoonful):
Pseudoephedrine HCL 15 mg ... Nasal Decongestant
Inactive Ingredients: Citric acid, edetate disodium, FD&C red no. 40, FD&C blue no. 1, flavors, glycerin, poloxamer 407, polyethylene glycol 1450, povidone K-90, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, and sorbitol solution.
Do not use if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug.
Ask a doctor before use if you have:
Heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, trouble with urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland.
When using this product:
Do not use more than directed. Stop use and ask a doctor if you get nervous, dizzy, or sleepless, symptoms do not improve within seven days or are accompanied by fever. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.
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