What Medicines to Stock for the ‘Tripledemic’ Cold and Flu Season

You can also try non-pharmaceutical interventions. Focus on keeping your child well-hydrated, said Dr. Misbah Keen, a professor and executive vice chair of family medicine with UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Place a washcloth rinsed with tepid water on their forehead. Dress them in lightweight clothing and keep the room at a comfortably cool temperature.

Older children may be able to take adult ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablets but you may need to cut them to achieve the correct dosage, Dr. Keen said. The AAP has dosing guidelines based on age and weight. He emphasized it is best to check with your child’s pediatrician or family physician first.

If you are experiencing congestion, try a saline spray or drops to help loosen up and remove mucus from your nose, said Dr. Dana Mazo, an infectious diseases specialist and clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health. This can also help relieve coughing and sore throat symptoms that are often triggered, at least in part, by accumulated excess mucus draining back into your throat, creating a condition called postnasal drip.

Saline sprays or drops are particularly helpful for children under 4 who may not be able to blow their nose and who should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines because of the risk of side effects, Dr. Adams said. You can also use a saline spray alongside other home remedies that bring relief to irritated noses and throats, such as nasal aspirators, cool mist humidifiers, warm teas or honey. (Honey should not be given to babies younger than 12 months because of the risk of infant botulism.)

Some experts recommend combination cough and congestion relief medicines for adults; others prefer to use separate drugs for each symptom. “It really depends on what symptoms a patient is having,” Dr. Wrenn said. “If they have the trifecta of fever, pain, cough and congestion, they may need a combination product. If they just have one symptom at a time, which is usually the way these respiratory illnesses progress, then I would just use one drug at a time.”

Combination cough and cold medicines like DayQuil or Theraflu often have a mix of acetaminophen for fever relief, dextromethorphan for cough containment and phenylephrine for nasal decongestion. Some varieties may also include an antihistamine to help open your nasal passages, but they may make you drowsy or the packaging will direct you to take it only at night.

If you do decide to take a combination drug, be sure to read the ingredients and adhere to the dosage directions to avoid unintentionally double dosing with a fever reducer like acetaminophen. Other than that, the brand of the drug doesn’t really matter.

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