How many times have you had to endure the following situation? Your spouse is home with the flu or with ‘flu-like’ symptoms and your day (and night) revolves around their constant complaining. And you would think all of their complaints is because ‘nobody has ever had it as bad as I do!’ Suddenly, you decide, one more ‘oh woe is me’ and you are going to burn them in their bed! Before you result in pyrotechnics, you start to get a grip.
No, they aren’t the only person on earth who has ever been sick and here take some (over-the-counter medication such as Mucinex). Problem solved without filing a claim on your homeowner’s insurance. But what if it wasn’t your spouse? What if it was your six-month-old baby?
Your baby can’t communicate…I mean to complain…like your spouse. Thank goodness. But they can cry. A lot. So you have decided, if I can take (Mucinex) I wonder if they can? They have the same symptoms, and it always works for the world’s sickest spouse. Why not the baby?
Okay. Before you start medicating said infant, let’s do what we do. Let’s make you a better-informed parent. And try answering the question, can I give my baby Mucinex? Now check on your adult-crybaby!
What is Mucinex?
Mucinex’s main active ingredient is Guaifenesin. An expectorant which promotes the thinning of the mucus so it can be easily expelled through the mouth. It allows you to essentially ‘cough-up’ the bad stuff. It is used to reduce the amount of congestion caused by the common cold, flu, or other respiratory problems.
Mucinex has been used very successfully for a number of years in treating severe colds and flu. If properly administer it can be a very useful medication in treating these conditions. Mucinex is also excellent in treating allergy-related respiratory problems and during the pollen season.
If your allergy, cold, or flu is in need of fast symptom relief, then Mucinex is a great alternative to actually going to the doctor. No prescription is needed for Mucinex. However, if you become worse, or these symptoms are present with fever, you should seek medical attention.
Mucinex and Children
It is advised not to give Mucinex to children under the age of four. However, if under the advice of a physician and by following on package dosing guidelines, it can be administered to children under four. Here are said guidelines:
These are the recommended pediatric dosages for Mucinex:
- Less than 2 years old; up to 6-2 milligram doses per day
- 2 to 5 years old; up to 50 milligrams per dose, 4 times per day
- 6 to 11 years old; up to 100 milligrams 4 times per day
- Children 12 and over; dose as an adult under medical supervision
There are further guidelines for children under 2 years-old we will discuss in greater detail.
Mucinex and Babies
Even though there is a pediatric version of Mucinex, it is not advised to administer to children under four. While there are dosages for children two to four-years-old, it is more widely recommended not to give it to children under four.
There is a reason there is no ‘infant’ Mucinex. It is because it is bad for your baby. There is also another reason not to give your baby medicine. If you treat every symptom they have, their immune system will not develop properly. If they have a really bad cold causing you to be concerned, take them to the doctor. Most doctors would agree, no Mucinex for babies!
Mucinex gained in popularity due to some clever marketing. It quickly rose in prominence to its place as a ‘go-to’ medication when congestion is involved. The ingredients in Mucinex are very strong and very effective for treating adults. It can also be rather frustrating when your baby is sick and you know you have something on hand to help. It helps you, it doesn’t need to be given to your baby.
Alternative Treatments for Your Baby
There are many ways to alleviate your baby’s congestion without the use of Mucinex. For nighttime relief, vaporizers and humidifiers have been used for years. Also, try a bit of steam therapy. Take your baby into the bathroom and allow the shower to run at ‘full hot’ to produce a nice steam room. The inhaling of steam is highly effective for your baby’s congested lungs.
Another steam method is to get the baby under a towel and the towel over a pot of steaming water. If you make it fun, they may take better to the idea. You might also try placing a spoonful of menthol rub to dissolve in the steaming water. The effect of the menthol enhanced water can be very effective for the baby’s condition.
Consult With The Baby’s Doctor
It goes without saying if you start any regimen of any kind with your baby to let their doctor know. Your doctor will agree in not giving an infant Mucinex. They may however be able to offer you some different treatments other than the ones listed here.
Should your doctor actually prescribe the use of Mucinex be extremely mindful of his directions for dosage. It would seem a bit out of the ordinary if he did advise you to use Mucinex. If he thinks your child is severe enough to warrant the medicine he will more than likely go another route. There are some far better medications at his disposal for treating a baby with severe congestion. He can give you a medication that is not only effective but safe as well for your baby.
Mucinex, bad plain and simple. It still does nothing for your concern about your child’s health. Hopefully, by now, you are a better-informed parent on treating your baby’s congested lungs. It can be scary times. But you are an awesome parent, you go!
Go right over and give your baby some love and affection. By the way, how is the adult-crybaby doing?