With winter approaching, seasonal illnesses such as colds become more frequent, especially in kids whose immune systems are still developing. While maintaining good health can help fight germs, understanding what illness your child may have and properly treating the symptoms help to preventing health complications.
What is the difference between a cough and cold?
The common cold is an acute viral infection causing upper respiratory tract symptoms. Cold symptoms generally begin with a scratchy or sore throat. Even though the flu may also begin with this symptom, fevers and general discomfort may also be present with the flu. Uncomplicated colds are resolved within 10 days.
A cough may be caused by viral infections affecting the throat, main airway and lungs. The physical action of coughing is caused by the body attempting to get rid of substances that are irritating the air passages. There are two types of coughs: one that is dry and irritating (dry or non-productive cough) and can even cause chest muscles to ache, the other is more loose and phlegmy (wet or productive cough).
What are treatments for a cold?
To help break up mucus, mix fresh-squeezed lemon in a glass of warm water (you can also add a bit of honey to sweeten it if your child is at least 12 months old).
Use extra pillows to prop your child upright in bed to allow easier breathing during sleep.
Have him blow his nose frequently to expel mucus.
Use a homeopathic medicine, like Coryzalia®, to relieve cold symptoms in children one month to 6 years old. You’ll like the easy-to-use individual doses and the fact that it’s dye-, sugar- and preservative-free.
What are treatments for a cough?
Stem it out: Run a hot shower, keep the bathroom door closed and have your child sit in the steamy bathroom for 15 minutes every morning or afternoon. Drink a lots of fluids, but avoid carbonated or acidic citrus beverages (like orange juice), which can irritate the throat. Try a homeopathic cough syrup, like Stodal®, to relieve both wet and dry cough in children one to 11 years old. You can choose between Stodal honey formula, made with honey, and Stodal sugar-free formula, made for mom’s who can’t or won’t give sugar to their children.
When should I see a doctor for a cold?
Even though children may get up to 6-10 colds in a year, they should not be taken lightly. If your child is having difficulties breathing, has a high fever, is not eating or drinking or if symptoms persist or worsen, you may want to seek medical attention.
When should I see a doctor for a cough?
The severity of a cough varies greatly, but for infants and small children, it doesn’t take much to constrict the airways. Parents should take their child to the doctor immediately if the cough is “barky” or if he is having difficulties breathing, eating and / or sleeping.
If you are giving Coryzalia or Stodal to your child and notice that symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, consult a health care practitioner.
5 tips to stop colds germs from spreading:
- Eat healthy meals, stay physically active and get enough rest to boost your immune system
- Wash your hands regularly and properly (with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds)
- When sneezing or coughing, use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands shortly after
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you think you’ve been exposed to germs
- Clean shared toys and work space regularly
Coryzalia and Stodal may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.
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