Cough / Cold
WHAT TO DO
- Reduce fever as mentioned earlier
- Nasal saline drops:
Over the counter salt and water (Ayers, Little Noses)
Put 1-2 drops in each nostril
Suction only if there visible mucous, otherwise let the child swallow the fluid
Relieve A Stuffy Nose
- Give your child plenty of fluids, which will help thin mucus.
- Use saline drops or sprays to help unclog a stuffy nose.
- A cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room will help thin mucus and ease congestion.
Ease Nighttime Coughing
- One teaspoon of honey at bedtime may help relieve nighttime cough in children ages 6 to 11.
- Give 2 tea-spoons to children 12 and older and ½ teaspoon to children ages 1 to 5.
- Don’t give honey to children younger than a year because of the risk of botulism, a rare but serious type of food poisoning.
Soothe A Sore Throat
- Have your child gargle with warm salt water —– dissolve a tea-spoon of salt in a cup of warm water.
- You can also give her warm drinks, like tea, or cold foods, like frozen yogurt.
Don’t Starve A Cold
- To keep her body strong and help her fight the infection, be sure your child eats.
- If she doesn’t have much of an appetite for a couple of days, don’t worry. Just make sure she keeps drinking plenty of fluids.
If you need immediate attention for a true medical emergency, please call 911.
Bring the child to the office if:
- Persistent for more than 1 week
- Fever increases
- Fast labored breathing
- Coughing accompanied by vomiting if you are concerned about dehydration