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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
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Can Halls Triple Mentho-lyptus cough drops, eaten like candy

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Can Halls Triple Mentho-lyptus cough drops, eaten like candy cause harm to a two year old?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 6 years ago.

What are her symptoms? How often have you given? Was she seen by doctor recently?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
My daughter's grandmother has been giving her Halls cough drops like candy. She may be getting two or three at a time daily. I spoke to a pharmists at Walgreens and he said that it could cause vomiting, diahrea, and even sizures in small children under 5 years old. I know at school students are not allowed to bring cough drops into the classroom, they must go to the nurse. Could this be harming my daughter if there is prolonged usage of the cough drop? Can prolonged use cause the medical affect of the cough drop to not be effective any more when needed? She may have been given more cough drops in one day then 3 and she has been doing this for months. I just found out about this.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for the input,

Sorry for the delay. All medicines can have side effects. Thus menthol can have side effects. In small infant less than 3 months it can be serious. But it is not usually recommended below the age of 5 years without consulting doctor. Over 2 years it can be used if the doctors feels ok. What side effect will be prominent to whom can not be predicted. All the side effects may not be evident to every body. Vomiting, diarrhea, rebound congestion and even seizures can be the side effects of menthol. But when she did not get it, you should not worry about the cumulative effects. From now you should avoid. Actually for children, it is better to avoid otc cough medicine. If the cough is due to viral infection it will go away by its own. Only supportive treatment of plenty of fluid can be helpful. In bacterial infection, antibiotic can be required.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
My mother inlaw has also been giving my daughter Allergy medicine during the day and benydrl at night i think she is useing this to help her sleep. I also know that she has not been to an allergist so as far as i know she is only lactose intolerant. Is it wrong for my mother inlaw to be using this medication this way on a 2 year old?
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 6 years ago.
Sorry I am opting out of your question, & let other experts help you
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 6 years ago.


Certainly these drugs or lozenges are not meant for use in small children without medical supervision. Please ask your mother in-law to desist from these practices and advise her instead to reward children with raisins, fruits, or just plain sugary treats occasionally like acid drops.

Daily use of too many lozenges can be bad for tender teeth of toddlers.

Long term use of cetirizin or benadryl also can cause blood disorders.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Could you explain acid drops? Sounds horrible. I've never heard of them.
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 6 years ago.
acid drops:
A very old fashioned sweet/candy from England. Contains sugar and cream of tartar.