As cold and flu season bears down on us, here are a few things to keep in mind.

-The common cold last 10-14 days and most medications do more harm than good.  The best treatment options include use of a humidifier, making sure your child is well hydrated, and saline nose drops.
-If your child is over the age of one, honey is great for coughs.  As are steamy bathrooms.
-Keeping Tylenol, Benadryl, and Pedialyte in the house is always a good idea.
-Fevers are a body’s way of fighting an infection.
-And if you are in doubt, call to speak with the nurses at your pediatrician’s office.  They are a wonderful resource and should be able to reassure you regardless of the illness.
Always consult your pediatrician to make sure you are giving your child the correct medication and the proper dosage.

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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