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Old 05-25-2006, 10:47 AM   #1
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Dimetapp

Has anyone used Childrens Dimetapp for a baby. I have Infant dimetapp but it is just for congestion. The childrens kind is more for the watery eyes and stuff. Someone said I could give him 1/2 tsp. Anyone else do this? Thanks ladies.

 
Old 05-25-2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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Re: Dimetapp

Call your pharmacist. They can tell you if it is safe and how much to give. We only give plain infant dimetapp or benadryl which are both safe for infants 6 months and up.

 
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Old 05-27-2006, 09:19 PM   #3
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Re: Dimetapp

I agree with calling a pharmacist. You may also want to give it in the morning rather than in the evening. The decongestant in it can sometimes cause overstimuation in some babies and make it difficult to sleep. Our boys have never had a problem with it but our DD has never been able to take it. One dose and she is literally up all night.

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Old 05-28-2006, 06:47 AM   #4
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Re: Dimetapp

I actually just got an email from a friend, that a main ingredient in dimetapp ( and a lot of other drugs) contains something that sounds like phenyl- something that is very dangerous, and can cause brain tumors, amoung other things. The FDA has suggested that it not be used. I just thought I would mention it, who knows, it could be false. I use pediacare, and I swear by it!

 
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Re: Dimetapp

Dimatapp for children contains pseudoephedrine which is the same as sudafed. I am not aware of any of the brain tumor news but the other decongestant is phenylphrine which I am assuming is the one you are talking about. This drug is replacing a lot of pseudoephedrine drugs as over the counter because it is a main ingredient in methanphetamines. You can still get the Pseudoephedrine if it is liquid for like infant dimatapp or asking your pharmacist because they keep it behind the counter now.

 
Old 05-28-2006, 09:00 AM   #6
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Re: Dimetapp

Hey thanks alot ladies. I ended up going to the pharmacist and he said ds is to young to take it. THanks alot ladies, I appreciate all your knowledge!

 
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