Off-Limit Medications for Kids

There are some medications that aren’t safe for your child to use.

Aspirin, which is a pain reliever, shouldn’t be given to children under the age of 18. For Mucinex products that include a pain reliever, only acetaminophen is used.

Children 4 years old and younger should not use decongestants. Some Children’s Mucinex® products use phenylephrine, which is a nasal decongestant. These products’ packaging (Drug Facts Label) points out that children under 4 shouldn’t take this medicine.

For children 4 years and under, you can help relieve their nasal decongestion with a rubber suction bulb, saline nasal drips or a cool-mist or humidifying vaporizer.

It’s important to review each product’s dosage, directions and drug facts before you give it to your children. You can always talk to your child’s pediatrician, too, if you have any concerns about giving your child a certain medicine.