It’s Cold and Flu Season

As cold and flu season continues to bear 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.  Steamy bathrooms are too.
-Keeping Tylenol and Pedialyte in the house is always a good idea.
-Antibiotics cannot cure the common cold.  Let me repeat that, antibiotics cannot cure a cold.
-Make sure you are giving the correct medication dose.  Both under dosing and overdosing can cause problems.
-Fevers are a body’s way of fighting an infection.  If your child seems comfortable you do not have to treat the fever, especially low grade ones.
-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.
Here is a great article about recurring illness in kids.

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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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