Keep your children safe when treating a cold

Keep your children safe when treating a cold
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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.

Here are some tips to remember when taking care of kids who are sick this winter:

1. The FDA does not recommend any over-the-counter cough medications for children younger than two years old.

2. Prescription cough syrup with codeine is not recommended for children younger than 18. It can cause a dangerous slowing of breathing.

3. Double check the “drug facts” on the bottle to make sure you are giving the correct dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen when treating a fever.

4. If a child has a fever above 102 degrees, difficulty breathing, or if they are not eating or drinking, call the doctor immediately.

Doctors say the best strategy is prevention. Practice good hand-washing and avoid sharing drinks. But, if children do catch a cold, the best remedy is rest and plenty of fluids.

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