How to Help Children
with Viral Infections
Colds, coughs, and sore throats are usually caused by viruses. Unfortunately, antibiotics don't treat infections caused by viruses successfully. The only medicine that consistently works to treat viral infections is time. But telling parents that their children will be better in a few days is often not enough. It is hard for parents and doctors to watch children suffer. They want desperately to do something—anything—that will help to relieve the misery.
So doctors and parents have devised a variety of ways to treat children with viral infections. Remedies include antihistamines, decongestants, cough suppressants, zinc, vitamin C, echinacea, garlic, selenium, vitamin A, ginseng, chamomile, vitamin E, chicken soup, and prayer. In this chapter we will discuss several of these remedies to determine which, if any, help to relieve the miseries caused by viral infections.
and the Scientific Method
In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Scmyer, Huck Finn is walking down the road with a dead cat flung over his shoulder.
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Publication information: Book title: Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent's Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats. Contributors: Paul A. Offit - Author, Bonnie Fass-Offit - Author, Louis M. Bell - Author. Publisher: Wiley. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 106.
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