Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause.
Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton swab.
Offering warm, clear fluids to a baby aged 3 months to one year for a cough (never honey at this age.) Offer honey for children 1 year and older.
For coughing, have the child breathe in a steamy bathroom.
Offer plenty of fluids to help thin secretions. You can also run a humidifier.
Date Published: 01/12/2016