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What is the treatment for the common cold?
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: TLC
Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure.
In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wiping or gentle suction. For severe congestion (swelling inside of the nose), over-the-counter phenylephrine nose drops (0.125%-0.25%) may be used every 4 hours if feeding or sleeping are significantly affected.

In brief: TLC
Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure.
In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wiping or gentle suction. For severe congestion (swelling inside of the nose), over-the-counter phenylephrine nose drops (0.125%-0.25%) may be used every 4 hours if feeding or sleeping are significantly affected.
Dr. Michael Coogan
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: TLC
For toddlers, in addition to the above measures, gentle face cleansing with mild soap and soft washcloth helps keep the irritating mucus off the face.
Frequent application of a soothing, bland ointment, such as petroleum jelly, will help guard against skin chapping.

In brief: TLC
For toddlers, in addition to the above measures, gentle face cleansing with mild soap and soft washcloth helps keep the irritating mucus off the face.
Frequent application of a soothing, bland ointment, such as petroleum jelly, will help guard against skin chapping.
Dr. Michael Coogan
Dr. Michael Coogan
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
In brief: Support, fluids, TLC
Colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics of of no help - at all.
Lots of fluids, rest, nasal suctioning if needed, saline nose drops to help clear the nose, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for fevers or aches/pains, and (yes, grandma was right) chicken soup can actually help, too. Raising the head up some at night and using a cool mist humidifier can help, too.

In brief: Support, fluids, TLC
Colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics of of no help - at all.
Lots of fluids, rest, nasal suctioning if needed, saline nose drops to help clear the nose, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for fevers or aches/pains, and (yes, grandma was right) chicken soup can actually help, too. Raising the head up some at night and using a cool mist humidifier can help, too.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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