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I gave my 2 year old some dimatap for a runny nose and about

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I gave my 2 year old some dimatap for a runny nose and about half hour later have noticed her temp going up - both Panafon and nurofen make her vomit so I usually give her phenergan to settle her tummy then the nurofen.
Not even thinking I've given her the phenergan and nurofen and have just now realised both dimatap and phenergan are antihistamines. Will this harm her?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 10 months ago.

Hi there,

The antihistamins will quicken the heart rate and perhaps make your baby nervous and sleepless, but won't do any serious harm if you do not give her more during the day.

In general it is not a good idea to treat a toddler with those drugs, let alone with so many! The liver is sensitive and should be strained with any medication only when absolutely necessary. A running nose is no problem for babies and doens't have to be treated (and if with nasal decongestants). Nurofen only makes sense when the fever is dangerously high; fever is the best weapon against viruses and bacteria and should be tolerated up to 39 degrees centigrade.

Your daughter vomits because nurofen damages her apparently sensitive stomach. Phenergan suppresses the vomiting but still the damage is done, and Phenargan is another hazard vor kidneys and liver . Children's Panadol suppositories are a good alternative ans should be used in case of high fever or (head or) joint pain.

I wish your daughter a quick recovery!

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok I'll keep an eye on her. Sleeps a luxury in this house anyway so if I'm up I'm up it's ok.Thank you I was really worried
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 10 months ago.

You are very welcome.

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