Mucinex is a line of over-the-counter cough and cold medications created by the Reckitt Benckiser Group. Although they offer several products for adults, they also have a line of cough and cold medications dedicated to kids aged 4 to 12 years old. These children’s products are widely available at drugstores and supermarkets, but parents should always consult a doctor or pharmacist if they have any specific questions or concerns about these products.
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Mucinex has two types of products for kids. Mucinex liquid medications are similar to other children’s liquid cold and cough medications, but they do not contain alcohol. Mucinex Mini-Melts products for children contain granules that are sprinkled on the child’s tongue for them to swallow.
Each flavor of Mucinex medications for children serves a different purpose, according to the official website of Mucinex. The Mixed Berry flavor of the Mucinex liquid medication for kids relieves chest and nasal congestion, while the Cherry flavor relieves chest congestion and cough. The Grape flavor of Mucinex liquid relieves only chest congestion. The Mucinex Mini-Melts products in Bubble Gum and Grape flavors relieve chest congestion. The Orange Crème flavor of Mini-Melts is the only Mucinex product for children that controls cough. It also relieves chest congestion.
The active ingredients of Mucinex medications for children vary slightly, depending upon the product. Mucinex Mini-Melts in Grape flavor contains 50mg of guaifenesin per packet, while the Bubble Gum flavor contains 100mg of guaifenesin per packet. Mucinex Mini-Melts in Orange Crème contains 100mg of guaifenesin and 5mg of dextromethorphan HBr per packet. Mucinex Cough Liquid in Cherry flavor also contains 100mg and 5mg of dextromethorphan HBr per every 5ml teaspoonful. Mucinex Liquid in Grape flavor contains 100mg of guaifenesin per each 5ml teaspoonful, while the Mixed Berry flavor contains 100mg of guaifenesin and 2.5mg of phenylephrine HCI per each 5ml teaspoonful.
Children with colds do not always need medication to ease their cold symptoms. Using nasal saline sprays, hot steam and drinking plenty of fluids are often effective at relieving symptoms of the common cold, especially when the symptoms are mild and not significantly impairing sleep or daily activities, according to AskDrSears.com. Parents may want to consider trying these natural cold remedies before using cold or cough medications like Mucinex. Also, it is important to remember that Mucinex products only treat the symptoms of the common cold, and they do not “cure” the cold itself.
Parents should always treat their child’s specific symptoms and not buy a multi-symptom medication when only one cold symptom is present, explains AskDrSears.com. Parents should keep this in mind when deciding which Mucinex product to purchase for their child. Children with only chest congestion may be best suited for the Mini-Melts products in Grape or Bubble Gum flavors, as these products only contain guaifenesin and no other active ingredients. Children with a cough may benefit the most from Mini-Melts in the Orange Crème flavor, as this is the only product intended to suppress and control coughing, according to Mucinex website. Children with multiple symptoms may find the Mucinex liquid medications most useful, as these products treat a combination of symptoms.
All cough and cold medications, including Mucinex products for kids, should not be used for children younger than 2 years of age. Life-threatening side effects may occur when children younger than 4 take these products, including rapid heart rates, decreased levels of consciousness and even death, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Since these potential side effects are so dangerous, most over-the-counter cough and cold manufacturers, including Mucinex, do not approve their products for children under 4 years old. Parents who have children with colds who are younger than 4 years old should ask a doctor about other ways to treat their child’s symptoms.