I’ve had a couple of colds since I’ve been pregnant and it’s misery since I can’t take medicine to stop that runny nose. You stay awake all night trying to breathe, while using an entire box of tissues throughout the night.
Now it’s my son’s turn. He started to get symptoms of being sick this weekend — runny nose, tiny fever. Now it’s more of a nose that’s running like a faucet and a cough.
Kids and Medicine
Since young kids aren’t supposed to use over the counter medicines any longer how are we as parents supposed to help them? It’s misery for everyone.
- Place a cold mist vaporizer/humidifier in your child’s room.
- Use saline drops with a nasal suctioning bulb for infants.
- Sit with your child in a hot steamed bathroom for about 10-15 minutes at a time.
- Use hard candies (for children over age 4 years) or warm chicken broth to soothe a sore throat.
- Keep your child home from school or daycare if he has a fever.
We’ve been trying some of these tips and while they do help, a bit of medicine that would keep his nose from running would be better. And, as for that last tip … read the Moms at Work blog over at The Orlando Senitnel. Kim writes a compelling post about kids, runny noses and daycare.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Q&A about kids and medicine
- Natural Cold Remedies for Toddlers
- Five Ways to Treat a Child’s Cold Without Medicine
- Cold Medicine for Kids: What’s the Risk? from the Mayo Clinic
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