- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Apr 24 2017
Mild cold and cough in children
Cold and cough can be a cause a discomfort not for your children but also for you. Here are some tips which you can use to make your kids comfortable.
Honey: It was found to ease night-time coughing and sleeplessness in children ages 2 and older, according to a 2008 study. Honey should not be given to infants under 12 months of age because it could contain a bacterium that causes infant botulism. Start with ½ to 1 teaspoon as needed.
Saline solution: Saline solution offers a way to keep the nose clear. Babies can benefit from nasal washes prior to nursing or bottle feeding. Make saline solution by combining ½ teaspoon of table salt per 1 cup of warm tap water. Put two to three drops in the nostril and use a bulb syringe to suction it out. Older children also can gargle saline solution to ease sore throats.
Vapour rubs: For children older than age 2, topical vapour rubs can help ease chest and nose congestion. A 2010 study found that vapour rub containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils relieves symptoms and aids sleep in children with colds. Rubs never should be given by mouth or rubbed under the nose.
Steam Inhalation: You can add vicks into the water or use plain water foir this purpose. This open ups the nose and makes breathing easier.
Consult your paediatrician if your child’s symptoms last longer than a week, your child has severe ear pain that does not go away or has a sore throat accompanied by fever and swollen neck.
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