New Varieties Make Cold & Flu Meds Easier to Swallow
Tiny flavor bottles improve the chances your under-the-weather little ones will down the whole dose
If it's been a challenge to get your kids--or yourself--to down a nonprescription antihistamine, cough medicine, or pain reliever, check the pharmacy shelves. Cold and flu aisles offer a lot of new options to get those drugs into the bloodstream.
Beyond the spoonful of sugar
Look for one of these new styles:
Remember these are still meds
While these options do improve the chance of getting the medicine in, as with any medication you'll need to do some careful label reading. Some products contain multiple ingredients, so you'll want to be sure you or your child needs everything in the mix. If not, look for options with just a single ingredient, such as only an antihistamine, or only a decongestant.
Despite the novel approach, never forget that this is medicine, say experts. "Always remind children that although the drug may taste good or come in an easy-to-take form, it's medicine and should only be given by a parent,'' says Leila R. Mohassel, PharmD, BCPS, director of Clinical Specialists and Scientists at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Adds Mohassel, "Store the medications in a safe area, out of the reach of children."
Fran Kritz is a freelance writer in a suburb of Washington, DC, who, when sick with the flu, prefers to drink her remedy in a warm, comforting cup.