Children’s Cough Medicine – Mucinex or Triaminic

By Thursday, January 8, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

I found out something interesting that I would like to jot it down in this blog for future reference.

When your kid coughs, you want him/her to feel better, especially like that cough my son is having. He coughs non stop for a minute or two and then paused for a few minutes and the cough comes back for another minute or two. This can repeat many times. It is always hard for a parent to see this, at least I know for me it is. And I feel I had to do something to make him feels better fast.

So I headed out to Target or CVS to hopefully buy a cough medicine, crossing my fingers they have in stock. You’ll never know because there are so many kids sick this time. Once I get to the children medicine aisle, there were so many cough/flu/cold medicine boxes on the shelves. So which one do you buy?

Initially, I thought of going with the lowest price, which most of the time means the store brand. Well, somehow, I don’t feel that I trust the store brand medicine will work in this case. So I rather pay a little more.

Once upon a time ago, Triaminic came out with the Strips cold/cough medicine, which I thought it was wonder. It was like paper thin and it melts on your tongue. It was easy to administer especially for toddler whom hates to take medicine. Anyways, they no longer make that. But I trust the brand, so I bought the Children’s Triaminic Night Time Cold & Cough ($5.89 plus tax) just because Target ran out of the Triaminic for Day Time.

Children's Cough Medicine

The active ingredients in Children’s Triaminic Night Time Cold & Cough are:
Diphenhydramine HCl (antihistamine/cough suppressant)
Phenylephrine HCl (nasal decongestant)

Uses:
Temporarily relieves: sneezing; itchy noses or throat; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes due to hay fever; nasal and sinus congestion; cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation.

This is for children 4 years or up, and not meant for children under 4. May be given every 4 hours, not to exceed 6 doses in 24 hours. I would suggest this medicine for kids with cold symptoms but not for kids with only cough and no other symptoms. It kinda worked but it didn’t help much.

After a few days trying the Triaminic and my son’s cough didn’t get better, we went to see the doctor to have the doc check out his lungs and others, just to make sure no infection of any sort. It is terrible to hear him coughs, and I was so tired due to waking up in the middle of the night, two nights in a row, attending to him for his non stopping cough.

After checking my son and see no fever or other symptoms, the doctor actually recommended Mucinex for kids for his condition. I’ve seen commercial on the adult Mucinex on TV but never thought about it when I was deciding which medicine to buy. I would say my son has ‘dry cough’, no mucus, just cough and cough.

So back I went to Target to get this new medicine. This one cost $8.99 plus tax. After the first dose, I do see some improvement in my son’s condition. He no longer has the prolong cough. He still coughs but shorter and less frequent.

The active ingredients in Children’s Mucinex are:
Dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppressant)
Guaifenesin (expectorant)

Uses:
Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions.
Temporarily relieves: cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation; the intensity of coughing; the impulse to cough to help your child to sleep.

This is also for children 4 years or up only. Do not exceed 6 doses in 24 hours.

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