Perhaps in the world it is impossible to find a baby who has never been sick. Mothers can not protect their children from various colds and viral diseases. In this regard, a completely natural and urgent question arises: is there a best and universal antiviral drug for children? Let's talk about this today.
The best antiviral drugs for children: classification
In medical practice, treating specialists in various ways classify children's antiviral drugs. In various sources you can find a list of pharmacological drugs that differ in active ingredient. The classification of antiviral drugs by spectrum of action is generally accepted. So, antiviral pharmaceuticals are divided into the following groups:
- wide range of effects;
I would like to immediately focus on the last group of antiviral drugs. In medicine, they are called pharmacological drugs with a narrow spectrum of action. The action of such drugs is aimed at combating pathogenic microorganisms of one type, in particular, with the cytomegalovirus.
Anti-influenza drugs should be taken for a cold or flu. Ascorbic acid is a part of such pharmaceutical preparations. As you know, it is vitamin C that increases the protective force of an adult and a child’s body.
Antiherpetic drugs are taken to combat herpes. It is impossible to completely cure such an illness, but it is quite realistic to slow down its synthesis, especially if you take medicinal substances during the period of acute development of pathology.
The most popular among mothers received antiviral drugs of a wide range of effects. Such drugs can be taken for the treatment and prevention of various ailments. Of course, regardless of the group of the chosen antiviral medication, it is impossible to give it to children without prior consultation with the pediatrician. Treatment specialists in a separate group secrete drugs containing interferon. Such medicines can be given to the crumbs from the first days of life, since they are absolutely harmless.
Moms are not recommended to choose an antiviral drug themselves and set its dosage - this is the prerogative of the attending specialist. Depending on the child’s age, type of disease, stage of its development and a number of other features, a pediatrician will be able to choose an effective pharmaceutical substance and describe the duration of the treatment course, as well as the size of a single dose.
Antiviral children's medicines are inexpensive but effective.
In any pharmacy today you can find a lot of drugs. And if you look closely at television advertising, it may seem so at all that any medicine is absolutely harmless and universal for both children and adults. The health of the baby should be approached with full responsibility, therefore, antiviral pharmaceutical agent should be selected primarily in accordance with the age category.
Preparations for babies up to a year
When the crumb in the first year of his life is ill, in no case should he proceed to his treatment without consulting a pediatrician. It is in the first months that the baby’s immunity is formed, so it is important not to harm him and to choose the right antiviral agent, as well as to calculate the dosage.
Tiny children can be given Efferalgan. It comes in the form of syrup and copes with elevated body temperature. Also, this medicine is made in the form of candles. Antipyretic drug in this pharmacological form can be given to children from 3 months of age.
In the first year of life, the baby is given a pharmacological agent, Panadol, which is produced in the form of a suspension. Candles Panadol allowed to use from six months. Depending on the disease, the pediatrician may prescribe Viferon suppositories for the child, but it is not recommended to use such medicine on your own.
Often, colds are accompanied by a symptom such as a runny nose. In order to facilitate breathing to your baby, in the first year of life, he can be given Nazivin with a concentration of 0.01%. Many doctors advise using the drug Protargol. It is really effective, but it is better to give it to children at the age of one.
Medicines for children from 1 year
As medical practice shows, at the age of 10 years a child can suffer a cold or a viral disease up to 7 times a year. Upon reaching the tiny age of one year old, he can be given homeopathic pharmaceuticals that, at the initial stage, do an excellent job with the virus. These include:
These drugs are considered the least safe for the child's body. Oscillococcinum has an immunostimulating effect. In order to achieve a positive result, the administration of a pharmaceutical agent must be started when the first signs of the development of a cold or viral disease appear. Do not forget that even a homeopathic medicine must be prescribed by a pediatrician. Oscillococcinum should not be given to children who are sensitive to lactose.
Tamiflu is a drug that fights well against viruses that cause the development of the flu. But it is necessary to give it to children extremely carefully, because this pharmacological substance has a number of side effects.
Recently, immunostimulating and antiviral drug Groprinosin has become widely popular. It is this drug perfectly fights with colds and reduces the duration of the disease.
What can be given to children 2 years?
For children who have reached the age of two, you can take the same pharmaceutical antiviral drugs that you gave your baby before. In order for the drug to be truly effective, antiviral agents should be started in the first 36 hours after the onset of the primary signs of a cold or viral pathology.
At this age, the child can take the following antiviral drugs:
- Viferon (pharmacological group - candles);
Do not forget that only the treating specialist can prescribe the exact dosage. If you yourself began to give your baby antiviral medication, determine the dosage in strict accordance with the instructions.
It is also important to know that when the temperature of the human body rises, protein, interferon, begins to be produced. The active production of such an element occurs at a temperature of 38-38.5 °. That is why it is not recommended to beat down the temperature that has not reached this mark.
Recommended drugs from 3 years
When a child reaches three years of age, the list of drugs that he is allowed to take, expands. During this period, the child can be given any antiviral drugs that you used earlier. In addition, at this age, but only after consulting with a pediatrician, a child is allowed to take such antiviral drugs:
Regardless of the age category of the baby, parents in no case should give him the following pharmaceuticals:
These medicines for children's body are highly toxic. As for such antiviral drugs as Kagocel, Neovir, Cycloferon, these immunostimulatory drugs are little studied, so it is also better for children to abstain from their prescription.
Parent reviews about drugs
Parents constantly strive to share useful information with each other. When a child is sick, you need to look for answers to your questions not in the global network, but from a pediatrician. Lists of antiviral drugs that can be taken by a child are provided solely for information, so that parents can have some knowledge if they are suddenly in an emergency situation or far from civilization.
Nevertheless, mothers continue to share their observations about the effectiveness of an antiviral drug. In many reviews, parents talk about the effectiveness of Efferalgan and Panadol, produced in the form of a syrup. These drugs perfectly reduce the fever in a child.
But Aflubin, Anaferon and Arbidol help many children cope with the cunning virus. Some mothers in their reviews say that they support only domestic producers. For example, instead of the advertised Immunal, they give Echinacea to babies, and Arbidol tablets are replaced with Remantadin.
It is not necessary to conduct experiments with the health of their children, and when the primary signs of a cold develop, it is better to contact a pediatrician. The doctor will be able to find out the cause of the occurrence of the disease and prescribe a comprehensive treatment. Good health to you and your crumbs