1. How often should I give my child medicine?
Follow dosing directions found on the package carefully. If you have additional questions, contact your doctor. Do not use PediaCare® cold and cough medicines in children under four years of age.
2. My child did not ingest the full dose of medicine. Should I give him/her more?
No. Do not give your child more medicine. Wait until the next dose, which could be 4 to 6 hours depending on the product, to give your child more medicine. Follow dosing directions found on the label carefully.
3. Does the PediaCare® brand offer any non-medicated products to help soothe and comfort my child?
Yes. The makers of PediaCare® products offer the Gentle Vapors® Plug-In
unit that provides 8 hours of continuous non-medicated aromatic vapors. It also includes a night light for every night use.
4. What is the right dose for my child?
Different medicines have different ingredients as well as different doses.Always remember:
- If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise, use age.
- Different medicines come with different dosing devices, such as droppers, syringes and cups — always use the dosing device that comes with the product you have purchased.
- Always follow the label instructions on the package and bottle.
- Never give your child two or more medicines at the same time that have the same active ingredient. This may cause accidental overdose.
- Do not give adult-strength medicine to your child.
- Only use the medicine that treats your child's specific symptoms.
- Do not use any medicine to make your child sleepy.
- Read all warning information.
5. What else can I do to help my child’s cold?
While using PediaCare® products to relieve a child’s symptoms, there are other ways of comforting him/her that parents have used for generations to help him/her get better quicker:
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest to help him/her get better faster.
- Make sure your child gets a lot of water and old-fashioned orange juice throughout the day.
- Use a vaporizer like PediaCare® Gentle Vapors® Plug-In unit around your child to moisten the air. This may also help ease their head and nasal congestion and coughing during the day and night.
- Draw a warm, soothing bath for him/her where he/she can rest and relax his/her muscles. The warm water and air will also help to clear nasal passages.
- TLC – sometimes the best medicine is just knowing your parents are there to take care of you, hug you and make you feel comforted. Spend time with your child, read with him/her and reassure him/her that he/she will feel better soon.
6. What else can I do to help reduce my child’s fever?
Using Children's and Infants PediaCare® products will help lower a fever and make your child more comfortable while he/she gets better. There are other ways of comforting your child that parents have used for generations to help children feel better while they have a fever.
Fever-Reducing Medicine for Children:
- If shivering, keep your child warm with blankets until the shivering stops.
- Encourage your child to drink lots of fluids.
- Keep your child rested and comfortable in a cool room.
- Place a cool washcloth on your child's forehead. Make sure it's not cold—and stop if your child starts to shiver.
- TLC - sometimes the best medicine is just knowing your parents are there to take care of you, hug you and make you feel comforted. Spend time with your child, read with him/her and reassure him/her that he/she will feel better soon.
When used as directed, Children's and Infants PediaCare® Fever Reducer and Pain Reliever provide safe and effective relief of children's fever symptoms. The medicine should start to work in about 30 to 60 minutes. Use only as directed and follow the package instructions.
7. Can you tell me more about active ingredients in your products?
KNOW THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Carefully read the labels on all children’s medications—both over-the-counter and prescription—and understand the active ingredients, especially if you are giving your child multiple medications. Knowing what’s in your child’s medicine will help you determine if it’s the right course of treatment to help ensure that your child is on the road to recovery.
Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, muscle aches, colds and sore throats, toothaches, backaches and reactions to vaccinations (shots), and to reduce fever.
Chlorpheniramine Maleate relieves red, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; itchy nose or throat; and runny nose caused by allergies, hay fever and the common cold. Chlorpheniramine Maleate is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.
Dextromethorphan HBr is used to temporarily relieve cough caused by the common cold, the flu or other conditions. Dextromethorphan HBr is in a class of medications called antitussives. It works by decreasing activity in the part of the brain that causes coughing.
Diphenhydramine is used to relieve irritated, itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; and runny nose caused by hay fever or other respiratory allergies. Diphenhydramine is also used to relieve cough caused by minor throat or airway irritation.
Guaifenesin is used to relieve chest congestion. Guaifenesin is in a class of medications called expectorants. It works by thinning the mucus in the air passages to make it easier to cough up the mucus and clear the airways.
Phenylephrine is used to relieve nasal discomfort caused by colds, allergies and hay fever. It is also used to relieve sinus congestion and pressure. Phenylephrine is in a class of medications called nasal decongestants. It works by reducing swelling of the blood vessels in the nasal passages.
Simethicone is used to treat the symptoms of gas, such as uncomfortable or painful pressure, fullness and bloating.