What To Do If Your 2-Year-Old Drinks NyQuil

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What to do if your 2-year-old drinks NyQuil? This is a question that many parents are asking themselves after their child gets into the medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question since the effects of NyQuil will vary depending on how much was consumed and the child’s weight and age. In this blog post, we will explore what could happen if a 2-year-old drinks NyQuil and what steps you can take to help them recover.

If your child has consumed NyQuil, the first thing you should do is call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222. They will be able to help you assess the situation and give you specific instructions on what to do next.

If your child is showing any signs of distress, such as difficulty breathing or vomiting, you should call 911 immediately and go to the nearest emergency room.

If your child is not showing any signs of distress, you will need to watch them closely for the next 24 hours. Make sure they are getting plenty of rest and are drinking lots of fluids. If they develop any new symptoms, be sure to call Poison Control or their doctor for advice.


Unless prescribed by a physician, do not give children under the age of 12 years Nyquil. Because it constricts blood vessels and inhibits histamine activity, Nyquil gives short-term relief by reducing throat and bronchial irritation, runny nose, and sneezing. It includes drugs such as doxylamine succinate (antihistamine), acetaminophen (pain relief), and dextromethorphan (cough suppressant). Other medicines are used to alleviate the cough, fever, and discomfort.

Due to the symptomatic alleviation, many parents and guardians turn to this drug for their children. Is it safe to use Nyquil without a prescription? What are the health risks of using Nyquil in kids? Continue reading to learn more about the safety and effects of Nyquil in children, as well as suggested measures.

If your child has consumed Nyquil, it is essential to take them to the hospital immediately as this medication can be poisonous in large doses. At the hospital, doctors will assess the severity of the ingestion and treat it accordingly. If your child only had a small amount, they may only need to be monitored for a few hours. However, if they consumed a large amount, they may need to be hospitalized for further treatment. The most common side effects of Nyquil in children are drowsiness and vomiting. However, more serious side effects can occur such as liver damage and seizures.

What Is NyQuill?

NyQuil is a medication that is used to treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu. It is important to note that NyQuil is not a cure for the cold or flu, but it can help to relieve some of the symptoms such as congestion, coughing, and fever. NyQuil contains active ingredients such as acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine.

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Doxylamine is an antihistamine that can help to relieve congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. NyQuil also contains inactive ingredients such as alcohol, propylene glycol, and artificial flavors.

What Are the Risks of Giving NyQuil to Children?

There are some risks associated with giving NyQuil to children. The biggest concern is the possibility of overdosing on acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in NyQuil that is responsible for pain relief and fever reduction. It is also the ingredient that is most likely to cause liver damage if too much is consumed.

For this reason, it is important to make sure that you do not give your child more than the recommended dose of NyQuil. Another concern is the possibility of dehydration. NyQuil can cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration if not treated properly. It is important to make sure that your child stays hydrated if they are taking NyQuil by giving them plenty of fluids to drink.

Because over-the-counter cold and cough medicines include decongestant and antihistamine chemicals, which can induce convulsions, fast heartbeat, loss of consciousness, and death in young children, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against giving them to infants under the age of two.

What Should You Do If Your Child Drinks NyQuil?

If your child drinks NyQuil, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Take them to the nearest emergency room or call poison control at (800) 222-1222. It is also important to bring the NyQuil bottle with you so that the medical professionals can know how much your child consumed and what ingredients are in the medication.

What Age Can You Give NyQuill To Children?

According to the manufacturer’s (Vicks) website, NyQuil should not be given to children under the age of 12. Children’s Nyquil, on the other hand, is suggested for children aged six to 11 years old and four to six only if advised by a physician.

It is not recommended to give any more than 4 doses in a 24 hour period. Even though the dosage is mentioned on the label but always consult your doctor before giving your child NyQuil and always use the dosage cup that comes with the medicine.

What Are the Side Effects of NyQuil in Children?

The most common side effects of NyQuil in children are drowsiness, vomiting, dizziness, and blurred vision. However, more serious side effects can occur such as liver damage and seizures. If your child experiences any of these side effects, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

Does Children’s NyQuil Make Them Sleepy?

Yes, one of the common side effects of NyQuil in children is drowsiness. If your child takes NyQuil and then experiences extreme sleepiness, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. It should always be given under adult supervision.

However, this drug should not be given to healthy kids in order for them to sleep. It’s possible that giving Nyquil to youngsters who aren’t sick could lead to Nyquil dependence and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.

What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of NyQuil in Children?

If your child has been taking NyQuil and then stops, they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, shaking, and sweating. If your child experiences any of these symptoms after stopping NyQuil, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

How To Use Children’s NyQuil?

If you are taking this medication over the counter, read all the directions on the product first. If you have any questions, consult your pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, take it as directed.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, but always with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters). If you experience stomach upset after taking this medication, you may take it with food or milk.

Use a medication measuring device to accurately measure the prescribed quantity if you’re using the liquid version. Do not use a regular spoon. Shake the bottle well before each dose if your liquid form is a suspension.

If you’re taking the extended-release capsules, make sure you swallow them whole. Crushing or chewing prolonged-release tablets or capsules may release all of the medication at once, raising the risk of side effects. Also, do not split extended-release tablets unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the tablet whole or you can split it but without crushing or chewing it.

Chewable formulations of this drug should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.

If you’re using the powder, carefully combine it in the correct amount of liquid and stir frequently. Drink all of the liquid right away. Do not make a reserve for future use.

The dosage is determined by your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Take this medicine on a regular basis if you are using it for allergy or hay fever symptoms in order to get the most benefit from it.


Precautions Administring NyQuil For Children

Before giving NyQuil to your child, talk to your doctor if they are taking any other medications. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Do not give this medication to a child without medical advice if they are younger than two years old. Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old unless directed by the doctor.

Do not give NyQuil to a child who is allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

To make sure NyQuil is safe for your child, tell the doctor if they have liver disease, kidney disease, or a history of seizures.

This medication may make it harder for a child to sweat and could cause a serious heatstroke during hot weather or with fever. Avoid letting the child overheat or become dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and dress the child in light clothing if it is warm outside.

Do not give NyQuil to a child for longer than seven days in a row unless directed by their doctor. Prolonged use of NyQuil can lead to rebound congestion.

Never give them more than the recommended dosage even if you have missed a dose.

Final Thoughts:

If your child consumes NyQuil, it is important to stay calm, give them lots of water and assess the situation. Try to determine how much of the medication was consumed and whether they are having any adverse effects. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms, seek medical help immediately. The most important thing you can do is keep a close eye on them and don’t hesitate to reach out for help if needed.

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This post is written and edited by Sandy who is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of experience specializing in pre-natal and post-natal care.