When kids are suffering from congestion, coughs, and other upper respiratory symptoms, Bromfed can provide relief. Bromfed is an over-the-counter cold and allergy medication formulated for children ages 6 and older. Here’s a look at how it works and tips for giving Bromfed to kids safely.
What is Bromfed?
Bromfed is a combination medication that contains two active ingredients:
- Brompheniramine maleate – An antihistamine that helps relieve watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and itchy throat caused by allergies. It also reduces congestion.
- Phenylpropanolamine – A decongestant that shrinks swollen nasal passages and sinuses to improve airflow and breathing.
By combining an antihistamine and decongestant, Bromfed targets multiple cold and allergy symptoms at once. It comes in a syrup form for easy dosage for kids.
Uses of Bromfed in Children
Bromfed is approved for treating cold and allergy symptoms in children ages 6 years and older. Specific uses include:
- Relieving nasal congestion from colds, sinusitis, hay fever, upper respiratory allergies
- Stopping runny noses, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes caused by indoor and outdoor allergies
- Reducing coughs and sore throats associated with post-nasal drip
- Controlling symptoms of inner ear inflammation caused by colds or flu
Bromfed should only be used for a few days at a time until symptoms subside. It is not intended for chronic, long-term use.
Dosage Information for Kids
Always follow the dosage instructions based on your child’s age and weight provided with the Bromfed package. Never give more than the recommended amount.
Typical dosing guidelines are:
- Ages 6-12: 5 mL every 4-6 hours as needed
- Ages 12 and older: 10 mL every 4-6 hours as needed
Only use the measuring cup or syringe provided to ensure proper dosage. Bromfed can interact with other medications, so tell your pediatrician about any other drugs your child is taking.
Safety Precautions for Children
Though generally safe when used as directed, some key precautions include:
- Not for children under age 6 due to risk of serious side effects
- Speak with a doctor before use if your child has high blood pressure, heart conditions, or glaucoma
- Discontinue use if nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occur
- Avoid giving close to bedtime as it can cause excitability
- Don’t use for more than 5 days to avoid rebound nasal congestion
While effective for stuffy noses and allergies, talk to your pediatrician before giving Bromfed to confirm it’s appropriate for your child’s symptoms. Carefully review and follow all usage guidelines for safe results.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can you give kids Bromfed?
Bromfed should only be given to children ages 6 years and older. It is not considered safe for use in younger kids.
How long does Bromfed last in children?
Bromfed effects can last for 4 to 6 hours. Do not give more than one dose within a 4 to 6 hour period.
Does Bromfed make kids sleepy?
It may cause drowsiness occasionally. But it generally does not make most kids sleepy, and may even have a slight stimulating effect in some cases.
Can I give my child Bromfed every day?
No, it should only be used for temporary relief. Bromfed is not meant for daily, ongoing usage. Limit use to no more than 5 consecutive days.
Is there an infant version of Bromfed?
No, Bromfed is not made for children under age 6. There is no infant formulation. Other medications like saline spray are recommended for congestion relief in babies. Check out more at our website for kids.