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Dealing with Common Cold and Cough in Children

Dealing with Common Cold and Cough in Children

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The common cold is the most common illness among children across the world. However, cold is not a serious disease, but it can make the child uncomfortable for a few days. Most of the time, common cold is caused due to rhinovirus.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Signs and symptoms of common cold include:

Practicing good hand hygiene can help prevent common cold. Avoid close contact with people or other kids who have a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild headache
  • Mild body aches
  • Loss of appetite

Tips to deal with a cold: Normally, the common cold goes away in few days. However, there are certain things that you can do to make your child get better faster and also make him/her feel comfortable.

  • Hydration: Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids to replenish fluids lost due to sweating and/or a runny nose.
  • Rest: Ensure your child lies down and gets enough rest.
  • Deal with nasal congestion: Saline drops can be used to relieve nasal congestion. Inhalation of steam from a hot shower can also helps your child breath more easily.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to soothe a raw nose.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture.
  • Soothe body pain: Give your child a warm bath to provide relief from body aches.

If the cold symptoms last for more than 10 days, it is recommended to contact your child’s doctor. Do not give any OTC medicines to the child without consulting the physician.

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