The common cold rarely has serious complications, and it most often goes away on its own after a week or two.
Though taking medication won’t shorten a cold, it can make your little ones feel more comfortable by reducing the symptoms.
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Here are some tips to remember when taking care of kids who are sick this winter:
- The FDA does not recommend any over the counter cough medications for children younger than 2-years-old.
- Prescription cough syrup with codeine is not indicated in children younger than 18. it can cause a dangerous slowing of your breathing.
- Double check the “drug facts” on the bottle to make sure you are giving the correct dose of Tylenol or ibuprofen when treating fever.
- If you have any doubts or notice a fever above 102, difficulty breathing, or if they are not eating or drinking, call the doctor immediately.
Remember, the best strategy is prevention. So, practice good hand washing and avoid sharing drinks. But if they are unfortunate enough to catch the cold, the best remedy is rest and plenty of fluids.