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What can kids with a cold or cough be given?

What can kids with a cold or cough be given?

Fluids, extra rest: Cold and cough medicines do not shorten the illness and probably won't help much.. Extra sleep, some juice or water (both fluid and vitaminc), and some time in a steamy bathroom or a humidifier will do more than medicine. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen might help the aches. Otc cough meds like Mucinex or delsym can be used carefully at night, but not if there is asthma and not in the daytime. ...Read more

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My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

It is not unusual : To get cough and cold combination this time of year from allergies. Just be sure there is no wheezing as this is treated differently. See pediatrician if with fever, not eating , sleepless/ restless or labored breathing. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my daughter in nearly four and for the last five days has been suffering with a common cold and a cough.?

Should i be concerned if my daughter in nearly four and for the last five days has been suffering with a common cold and a cough.?

Common cold: It sounds like a standard childhood cold, and almost certainly not the first time this has happened to her in five years. ...Read more

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Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

YES,: If ice cold liquid makes your child cough, then avoid giving. Fluid at normal temperature always better for the kids. ...Read more

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At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

Better to wait: The american academy of pediatrics has positioned against cold and cough medications for children, because the side effects of the medications far outweigh the benefit. They do not treat the cold virus. Unfortunately we are all susceptible to these viral illnesses which last 2-5 days, while the cough may persist a few additional day beyond. Stay patient and check with your pediatrician if needed. ...Read more

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Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Kids sick: Be sure the children are healthy otherwise and do not have conditions e.g. Allergies or something lowering their immunity system. Have a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and wild salmon and sardines, nuts. Be sure they are not esposed to smoke or other chemical irritants. Give vitamins especially vitamin d3 in significant doses (check with your doctor). ...Read more

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I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

It should not : bring any health issues if used properly for asthma / reactive airway disease which are triggered by cold virus , allergies etc. A lot of times parents misuse it for just a cough and cold! Your child needs to be followed on a regular basis anyway if indeed diagnosed with asthma . Length of treatment, frequency, concerns regarding meds prescribed can then be addressed at your visits . ...Read more

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What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

What is wheezing? My kids nose whistles when she breathes. She currently has cough n colds.

Wheezing: Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound usually made while breathing out but in severe cases even with breathing in. Its due to swelling and constriction of the lining of the tubes in the lung. As the air passes through the narrowed passages, a stained whistling noise is made. Happens with allergies or infection. Nasal congection can cause noise (stertor) but its not wheezing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My child is having cold and cough every days please tell me natural medicine tips?

My child is having cold and cough every days please tell me natural medicine tips?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the cough. Honey ( in a child over 12 months) can help with a cough if it's due to a cold. If it's asthma , pneumonia, allergies or a sinus infection, "natural" medications won't be of much help. I would have him see his pediatrician. ...Read more