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.