When your child has a cold and is feeling miserable, you likely want to do more than just offer chicken noodle soup and wait for him or her to feel better. I strongly caution parents, however, to refrain from giving over-the-counter cold and cough medicine.
Not only do studies show that these medicines aren’t effective, they can be dangerous for kids under 12 years of age, as the products in the medicine can lead to a decrease in respiratory rate and an increase in heart rate.
About 50 percent of what Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin pediatricians are seeing right now is the common cold.
Colds typically last at least a week, but there’s a lot you can do at home to help your child feel better without giving him or her over-the-counter cold medicine. For instance:
A lot can be said for good old-fashioned TLC. Fluids, rest and chicken soup can all help your child get better.
In most cases, colds will go away on their own in a week or two, but I advise calling your pediatrician if your child has any of the following symptoms:
When in doubt, parents should always call their child’s pediatrician.