Cough / Cold

WHAT TO DO

  • Humidifier
  • 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