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Old 06-24-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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DS (16 months) woke up with a nasty cold and cough the other day. We don't usually give meds but he was miserable and was crying when he was coughing so I gave him 1/4 of a tsp of cold meds and ran to the store. Well, while I was gone, DH also took it upon himself to give him another dose, not knowing that I had already given him some. The thing is, DH gave him more than he should have even if I HADN'T already given him some. DH told me he gave him a little more than a 1/2 tsp. I'm freaking out. Do I call poison control? I just know all of the recalls with cold medicines. I'm always the one to dose out meds so I was never too worried. Help mamas! I'm freaking out!

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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WOW! How much does he weigh? How far apart were the doses? How long has it been?

My 27month old only gets a 1/4tsp at 25lbs as that is the recommended amount for his weight.
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He's 23 lbs. The dosages couldn't have been more than 30 min apart as that is all I was gone for. It's been an hour and a half since he had the meds.
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I called poison control to put my mind at ease. It's definitely too much for him but not a toxic dose and he should be fine. She didn't seem alarmed. I'll keep checking in on him though.
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I would also call the ped. just for good measure. I definetely wouldnt let him go to sleep for awhile. Essentially he had 4x the does he should have
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Cold meds are bad for infants to begin with. Health Canada no longer recommends them We only use Tylenol for infants.

That said, I would call poison control and watch your baby for signs of listlessness, lethargy, seizures etc.

When we got pregnant we agreed I would always give the meds and keep track and he would ask to make sure there was no double dose. We saw a Bad/scary episode of CSI that freaked us out.

I hope it goes OK, which I am sure it will.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #7
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Thanks mamas! I called the pedi too and she was in agreement with poison control. I feel like such a dummy. I'm so careful with dosages and rarely ever give any meds for colds. I've read up on cold meds and know they're not the best which is why I don't ever reach for them and the one time I do, DH decides to do the same! He usually calls me for such things too. Anyway, the good news is, DS should be just fine but I will obsessively be checking on him tonight.
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