It is getting cooler and colder. Parents should be prepared for a lot of running noses and scratchy throats over the coming months.
There’s plenty of advice out there about how to ease symptoms of the common cold in kiddos. Parents are the best people to consult about common cold symptoms in children, but pediatricians can be a great resource.
Dr. Natasha Burgert — a pediatrician in Overland Park, Kansas, and a mother of two — told HuffPost she likes to keep a sort of ‘sick kit’ on hand so everything is in one place when illness strikes in her house.
“In my hall closet, you’ll find a wastebasket with all the essentials,” she said. “I can bring all the supplies into my child’s room, or wherever he is choosing to rest, to make care a bit easier. I just made sure all medications were out of reach when in my child’s space, keeping the acetaminophen, for example, on a high closet shelf.”
As the pandemic wears on, it’s important to note that COVID-19 symptoms in kids can be mildSimilar to the ones they might experience with a cold — think congestion, cough or a low-grade fever. You should consider if your child might have COVID-19. contact your pediatricianTo determine the most effective course of action.
Below are the tips and tricks that pediatric medical professionals use to keep their children’s colds at bay.
1. Vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A
Produce that’s rich in vitamin C can nourish your body and boost your immune systemIt was said Dr. Nadia SabriIt was started by Dr. John, who is a pediatrician. Mindful MD Mom. Good sourcesInclude oranges, grapefruits, berries (especially strawberry), red peppers and broccoli. The sprouts might be a hard sell when your little one isn’t feeling well, but fruits can easily be added to a smoothie.
“If they don’t want the smoothie, freeze the leftover smoothie into popsicles,” Sabri said. “There are lots of creative ways to add in healthy foods, even if kids are not feeling well.”
Dr. Yami Cazorla-LancasterYakima Pediatrician and the founder of Veggie Fit Kids, also relies on antioxidant-packed smoothies when her children are sick, especially if they don’t have much of an appetite.
“Smoothies are a great way to maximize the intake of high-antioxidant foods like leafy greens, berries, herbs and spices,” she said. “I developed my own antioxidant smoothie and I provide the recipe to my patients during the winter months when upper respiratory infections are more prevalent.”
Although some parents may swear otherwise vitamin C supplements like Emergen-C Kidz to shorten the duration of a coldThere are isn’t strong scientific evidence to supportThese high levels of vitamin C have many benefits. So you’re better off focusing on getting vitamin C to your kid via a well-balanced diet.
2. A cool-mist humidifier
It’s crucial for kids to get a good night’s rest when they’re feeling under the weather. It can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep when you have nasal congestion. Using a humidifierYou can help your child feel more relaxed in his bedroom.
“Living in Colorado is particularly dry,” said Karen GentileDr. Judith, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at National Jewish Health Denver. “When my daughter gets a cold, I make sure that my humidifier is very well-cleaned, and then I will run it in her room overnight to provide a little bit of extra moisture for her already irritated nasal passages.”
“I personally own a cool-mist humidifier to reduce any risk of burns from the warm-mist versions,” Gentile said. “Toddlers love to touch everything, including their humidifier!”
3. Children’s Tylenol, Advil or Motrin
In case of a fever or pain, Gentile always has children’s acetaminophen or children’s ibuprofen on hand.
“If my daughter has a fever but appears comfortable, I typically will not medicate her,” Gentile said. “However, when she appears uncomfortable, as with an ear infection, I do believe it is important to provide pain control so that she can sleep well and heal.”
Dr. Wendy Sue SwansonMadison, Wisconsin pediatrician and chief medical officer SpoonfulONEThe same principle applies to over-the-counter medication for children: Take care of the child and not the thermometer. Tylenol may be unnecessary if your child is not feeling well but has a mild fever.
“If your sweet human is bounding around the living room playing Twister and she feels warm to touch and you then confirm she has a fever with her sniffles — the thermometer reads 101.7 degrees — you don’t need to reach for acetaminophen,” Swanson said. “Keep her hydrated, have her cover her cough, and make sure she gets rest so her body can do the dirty work of clearing out the infection. The acetaminophen should be used when she’s achy, It is not feeling well, or not wanting to be herself because of overall yuckiness.”
And if you do need the Tylenol, make sure you’re giving your kid the proper dose based on their current weight, notSwanson added, based on the age.
4. Extra pillows
Children over 2 years old are eligible Dr. Jen TrachtenbergA New York City pediatrician recommends that you add pillows to your child’s bed.
“Keeping the head more elevated helps make breathing easier than if laying flat on [their] back,” she said.
Honey is an excellent alternative to cough and cold medicines. not recommended for young kids unless advised by your child’s health care provider. Note that infants younger than one year should not be vaccinated. It is notAvoid honey consumption due to infant botulism.
“Reach for a teaspoon of honey before anything in the medicine cabinet, as long as your little one is over 12 months of age,” Swanson said. “Research from 2007 found that honey has been found to help reduce nighttime cough better than over-the-counter remedies.”
To soothe your child’s scratchy throat, you can also add honey to a cup of decaffeinated tea along with some ginger and lemon, as recommended by Dr. Candice Jones, a pediatrician in Orlando, Florida.
6. Nasal spray with saline and suction device
Keeping your babe’s small nasal passages clear of mucus is no easy feat — especially before they’re able to effectively blow their own nose. That’s where some saline nasal spray and a suction device like the NoseFrida come in handy.
“I will put a couple drops of saline into each nostril and then suction that nostril with a suction device,” Gentile said. “I use the NoseFrida because it is comfortable for my daughter and easy for me to use, but there are many suction devices available on the market.”
Gentile applies the combination of saline/suction to her daughter when she wakes up, after a nap or before bed.
“While it does not sound pleasant for the kiddo, with time and consistency my daughter became quite used to the process and is very cooperative now at age 2,” she said.
7. Soup of chicken
When Trachtenberg’s kids are under the weather, she serves up a bowl of a sick day classic: chicken noodle soup.
“The warm liquid filled with nutrients, protein, [and]Vegetables can be a source of nutrients [the]The body needs nutrition as well as fluids and salt [the] body needs to stay hydrated,” she said.
The soup’s steam also opens your nasal passages.
8. Wipes for disinfection
Burgert uses disinfecting wipes when germs are abound to clean surfaces that have high touch.
“I keep the Lysol wipes near the sick kiddo to wipe on the solid surfaces near them — bathrooms, light switch, remotes, game controllers,” she said.
9. Water bottle
Cazorla-Lancaster always makes sure her kids stay hydrated when they’re not feeling well.
“Many children are not very hungry when they are sick, and that makes sense, because the body is trying to conserve as much energy as possible to fight the infection,” she said. “Staying hydrated allows our bodies to perform all its vital functions. In addition, becoming dehydrated will increase the malaise and fatigue we feel when sick.”