Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Safely Treat Young Kids' Colds

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Safely Treat Young Kids' Colds

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With the recent removal of kids' cough and cold products from store shelves, we all got the message to be more careful what we give a young child with the sniffles.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.com) says there's no "cure" for viral infections, but we can help a child feel better until the virus runs its course.

TO RELIEVE A STUFFY NOSE. Thin the mucus with saline nose drops. Ask your doctor which ones to use. Or make your own (half a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of tap water).

Clear a baby's nose with a suction bulb. Squeeze the bulb, then gently put the rubber tip into one nostril and slowly release the bulb. This will draw out clogged mucus. It works best for babies younger than 6 months.

A cool-mist humidifier in your child's room will help moisten the air and clear your child's nasal passages. …

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