Helping Your Kids Through Cold Symptoms
By Brandi Goodman
Cold season is upon us. When it comes to children, they're especially likely to get sick -- seeing as how they're in close proximity to other kids at school or daycare. You can help your kids through their cold symptoms more easily with some tips and tricks in mind.
Offer Cough Drop Suckers
Young children are not able to handle the average cough drop. Too many swallow the cold-reducing device or chew it too quickly without letting the effects take hold. Cough drop suckers and lollipops are now an available option. Your kids can slowly enjoy the "sucker" they think they're having all while reducing their coughing fit and cold symptoms.
Provide a Liquid Diet
Keeping your kids adequately hydrated when their throats are sore and scratchy can be difficult. Water should, of course, be the main option offered, but it can be easier said than done to get kids to want to drink it. Provide a liquid diet at the very least so kids can have something that soothes their throats and keeps them hydrated throughout the day. Broths and soups are great options if they'll take them. You can also offer popsicles, yogurt tubes, and Pedialyte if needed.
Get a Humidifier
Humidifiers are highly recommended for a reason. They work well to keep the air moisturized and help your kids breathe easier. A cool mist option works well for young ones, as it provides a relief to their nasal passages and helps mucus get broken up so it can be expelled from the body. Use a bulb syringe for babies and toddlers -- and even young children who are not yet comfortable blowing their nose on their own -- as a way to eliminate all the gunk from their noses and help them breathe better.
Honey is an antibacterial option that can work well to loosen mucus within the lungs and help diminish a cough. Try giving honey to your kids instead of other cough medicines. They're more likely to take it down without a fight. There's no harsh aftertaste, after all. Just be sure you aren't giving honey to any child younger than one. It poses a health risk to infants.
Helping kids through a cold can be a tough task, but these tips in mind will help you manage much easier. Do what you can to prevent sickness from setting into your household in the first place by encouraging regular handwashing, cleaning every touchable surface with disinfectants, and making sure your kids know to stay a few feet away from others who are sick.
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