Children are commonly infected with normal colds in a year. It happens because there are hundreds of common viruses exist around the young children and as they have no immunity to fight against those cold viruses. Gradually, as children grow older, they build up their immunity and thus get fewer colds. Children get better after having colds in about four to six days.
Here are suggestions on how to provide comfort against cold to children:
- Let children to have plenty of liquid, water or juices.
- Saline nose drops can support release dried snot and get rid of a stuffy nose.
- Children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen will surely help them if they are having fever, pain or uneasiness.
So, it is better to consult your doctor. You should always follow the instructions written on the packet. The whole family should be encouraged to wash their hands regularly as it is better to stop the cold spreading in this way. You should avoid giving ibuprofen to the children suffering from asthma as it may cause the problem to them.
Remedies for Sore Throats
Children mostly get sore throats, cough, cold or flu due to viral illnesses. Children’s throat may become dry and suffer a sore throat for a day or two before catching a cold. You can simply give them paracetamol or ibuprofen to provide relieve the pain. A sore throat mostly clears up itself after some days but if you see that your child has been suffering sore throat for more than three or four days, it’s better to consult the doctor. Probably, the child will get a high temperature and is commonly unwell, or is incapable to swallow liquids or saliva, at once consult your doctor.
Remedies for Cold
You shouldn’t try to give an over-the-counter cough and cold remedies to the children that are under-age six such as decongestants (which is a medicine to clear blocked nose).
Remedies for Coughs
Children frequently cough when they suffer from cold due to mucus trickling down the rear of the throat. Nothing to worry about if your child hasn’t got a cough and your child is normal for feeding, drinking, eating and breathing and even there’s no wheezing sound.
Remedies for Ear Infection
Ear infection is also common among infants and children. They frequently catch a cold and occasionally get a high temperature. Even, babies or toddlers mostly pull up or rub their ears. Possible symptoms may be seen as fever, bad temper, crying, get difficulty while feeding, impatience at night and continuously cough. So, if you notice that the child has an earache, possibly with or without fever, you must give them paracetamol or ibuprofen. Contend with one initially and, if the condition remains the same, you can give one more. You should avoid using any oil, ear drops or even any cotton buds into the child’s ear except your doctor suggests doing so. Such ear infections are mostly caused by certain viruses, which can’t be cured through specific antibiotics. They will fairly get better by themselves, generally within two to three days. Your child also may have a difficulty in hearing for about two to three weeks due to the ear infection. If the problem continues for a longer period than consult your doctor for serious advice.
Worrying About Cough
You should never worry about a cough unless if your child has a bad cough and you observe it continues for a week, immediately consult your doctor. You may also notice that your child probably got a high temperature and unfortunately be breathless, maybe got a chest infection too. Your doctor will diagnose and prescribe the required antibiotics to cure the infection if it has been caused by any bacteria rather than any virus. You can follow a remedy by trying a warm solution of lemon and honey if your child has crossed the age of one. As you may have also known that antibiotics won’t relieve the cough immediately. If you see that your child continues with a cough for a long time, mainly it becomes worse at night, it could be a sign of asthma. Because some children, suffering from asthma also have a wheeze or breathlessness. Take your child to the doctor if you observe such symptoms if your child seems to have trouble in breathing.