J&D Ultracare provides professional nursing services to the medically fragile population of the New York Metropolitan area as well as the greater Hudson Valley. Not only were we the first agency in Hudson Valley to specialize in pediatrics in 1985, we are still the only agency devoted to pediatrics in the area!
We are happy to help out children in need with our in-home nursing services. However, we also want to educate parents on ways to take care of their children if they get sick. That’s why we wanted to talk about some first steps you can take if your child has a cold.
The information we are providing below comes from a great WebMD article called “How to Soothe Your Child’s Cold”, which you can read by clicking here. Please keep in mind that these are only first steps – if a cold persists, we recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
Here are some tips for colds from the WebMD post:
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Make sure he rests and gets plenty to drink.
When your child drinks extra fluids, it thins his mucus, which helps it to drain. Drinking can also ease his sore throat. Try a variety of fluids, such as warm water or tea with lemon and honey (for children over age 1), ice pops, or chicken soup.
Also try a humidifier in his room. Moist, warm air improves breathing and can ease a dry, sore throat.
If your kid still isn’t comfortable, especially at night, should you try children’s cold medicine? There is little evidence that medication works, but if you decide to try a drug sold as a cold remedy, do not give it to a child who is under age 6. That is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Many over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines have more than one ingredient, including some that your child may not need. And some may include a pain reliever, too. If you don’t read labels carefully, you may give your child too much medicine.
Always ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about cold medicine for your child. Read the packaging label carefully before giving your child OTC medicine, especially if your child already takes medications.
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