Can I Give My Baby Lemsip? Answer No.
Lemsip cannot be given to babies, infants or children under the age of 12 years. It is also noted on the packaging that breast feeding moms should not consume Lemsip either. Although it is an over the counter medicine, Lemsip contains phenylephrine, and to date it is not known if it passes into the breast milk, or its effects on a nursing infant. It’s interesting to know that studies have shown that when Lemsip is taken by a breast feeding mom there is a reduction in breast milk after just one or two doses. It’s best to avoid Lemsip if you’re a breastfeeding Mom or under the age of 12.
What is Lemsip?
Lemsip is a pharmaceutical product that comes in different flavors such as lemon, wild berry, hot orange and breathe easy flavors. It is intended to alleviate the symptoms of a cold and flu. There are two main active ingredients in the medicine, paracetamol and phenylphrine. Paracetamol is generally considered to be safe for use during pregnancy or by a breast feeding mom however phenylephrine is not. The influence of phenylephrine on a fetus or infant is not fully known and as such it should be avoided by pregnant or nursing moms, infants and children until they are at least twelve.
Alternatives to Lemsip
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what you can give to your little one for a cold or the flu and if you’re suffering yourself, your health care provider will have some alternatives for you to take to have you feeling better in no time.
Natural Remedies – Please Note These Are Not Medically Backed
My very wonderful grandmother gave me some of her remedies for colds and flu. Most of these can be used on an infant, child, adult or nursing mother, although note that honey should not be given to a child less than one year old. If you have a cold or flu and you’re feeling miserable as a nursing Mom or your little one is sick why not try these home remedies?
- Add some lemon juice and honey to boiling water to ease congestion and soothe a sore throat.
- Place a boiled onion in a bowl (also add the water you boiled it in) and place it in a corner of the room while you sleep at night to ease a congested chest.
- Wear socks to bed and slip in a piece of garlic **very important leave the skin on the clove – raw garlic will burn your skin** overnight resting against your foot and held in place by the sock. This is a good remedy for infants but be sure to leave the skin on.