child with cough and runny nose
If that child is in the hospital, then ONLY hospital personnel should be dispensing medications to her. You could give her something that they have already given her, or it might react badly to other medications she's already been given. Double doses and drug interactions can be fatal. That is why hospitals ask you for a list of meds that person has been taking. That way they can prescribe them and keep a handle on what and how much they take while there. Is she taking any meds there in the hospital? If she is not, and you feel she needs the tylenol cough, go and ask a nurse to contact the Doctor to prescribe that to her. That way, both you and the girl will remain safe. You mention a "hospital setting". Is this an actual hospital? I would have to qualify my answer depending on whether she is in an actual hopital or not. If it is a hospital, then all the above applies. If it is not a hospital and they don't dispense medication at all, as long as they know what you want to give her and why and they approve, that's a different story all together. It depends on the situation and the rules where she is. Either way, check with qualified personnel before you give her anything.
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