The immune system of children is still developing, which is why they are prone to sickness more often. This page tackles 10 of the best tips to help your child recover from cold.
The average nursery child has at least 6 colds every year. Especially during winter, it might look that he’s sick for weeks at a time, hardly enduring one cold before obtaining another one. As he gets older, he will gradually develop immunity and get less cold.
The cold symptoms include:
- Red eyes
- A runny nose
- Sore throat and ears
- Inflamed lymph glands
- Irregularly fever
Practice efficient ways to keep your child cold-free. Here’s how:
1. Wash their hands with water and soap for at least thirty seconds. It is recommended to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Do not let your kid constantly wipe his nose as it will become red and sore. Instead, wipe it with wet, warm water.
3. Offer lots of water. Fevers can lead to dehydration. Since your child doesn’t feel thirsty as they usually do, encourage them to drink lots of water. Doing this will help reduce symptoms of cold and make them feel better.
4. Is your child having trouble blowing his nose? Try moving a cotton ball using only nose air. Then, press one nostril closed in a gentle manner so can blow up the other.
5. If your child is more than one year old, avoid giving him medication. Giving two to five ml of honey for her cough will do. Studies reveal that honey is much safer and probably more effective than medicines for kids over 1-year-old.
6. Clear up his stuffy nasal passages. However, using medicated nose sprays is not advised for young kids. There are other ways though: using a cool-spray humidifier in the room of your child or using a saline nasal drops or spray.
7. Relieve congestion using saline drops. Simply rest her in your lap, with her head slightly tilted back. Use an eyedropper or spray one or two drops of saline solution in each nostril.
8. Be clever on the antibiotics you are giving to your little one. According to experts, antibiotics are not able to treat colds since they’re caused by a virus. Antibiotics offer no effect on a cold. Plus, they are not an effective treatment. It is always best to consult your doctor.
9. Extra rest is highly necessary to help children get over a cold as quickly as possible. Therefore, always promote rest. Dress him at ease and avoid excessive layers or heavy blankets that could make him feel hotter.
10. Visit a doctor. Sometimes, the best at-home care may not help your younger one to make a full improvement. It is important to visit a doctor immediately especially if your child doesn’t drink or eat, has a fever that doesn’t get better even after taking ibuprofen or paracetamol, or other serious cases.
Don’t let colds take away the liveliness of your children. By following the simple, natural and effective tips above, your little one will surely find it easy to recover from the frustration of having a cold.