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I gave my 8 year old daughter 10ml of adult nyquil because

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I gave my 8 year old daughter 10ml of adult nyquil because she complained of sore throat and headache. I am very scared now, because I am wondering if I made a bad decision. What should I do?

Also, she was born with bilateral stenosis of the renal arteries, and has had two bypass surgeries to try correcting. She is on amlodipine besylate (Norvasc) 5mg 2x a day for hypertension. Createnin levels are normal.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 6 years ago.
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Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Hello, How is she acting right now? How long ago did you give her this medication? If any real concern call 911 now.

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Please answer when able. Your daughter just got an adult dose of acetaminophen (tylenol), a cough suppressant (dextromathorphan - should not cause problems but may make her drowsy), and an adult dose of doxylamine, an antihistamine similar to benadryl, which will make her drowsy and give her a very dry mouth tomorrow morning. If she acts fine, you need to do no more than watch her. If she is vomiting, stumbling when walking, acting different in any way, the she must be seen in ER immediately.

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Please have the ph number for poison control handy at all times on your fridge, phone, wherever.

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

PLEASE NEVER GIVE AN adult medication to a child without medical advice.

Customer :

The adult dosage on the bottle is 30ml, and I gave her 10ml (had a dilusional moment of reason...), but is still bad thing, right?

Louise Sivak, M.D. :

Yes, still not my recommendation. We dose medications for infants and children based on their weight. In future, please call your daughter's pediatrician's on call physician for advice.

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