Treating Colds in Children

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Colds are the most common illness among children of all ages. Although this respiratory virus lasts only for a week or so, colds can make most children feel under the weather. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treating colds in children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Having a cold can be miserable for anyone, particularly children. Parents may look for medications to treat your childs cold symptoms. But recent research and information from the Food & Drug Administration indicates that children under the age of six should not take over-the-counter cold medications. These drugs are generally ineffective, and dosing them is very tricky.

Here are some tips for treating cold symptoms in children:

Buckwheat honey: Eases cough, but shouldnt be used in children younger than one year

Nasal saline spray: Helps sore throat, runny nose and stuffy nose

Pelargonium sidoides extract: Eases cough and can help your child breathe better through the nose

Vapor rub: Eases cough

Zinc sulfate syrup: Decreases how long your child has cold symptoms, but it may cause a bad taste in the mouth and upset your childs stomach

You cant make a cold just go away, but parents can find the best possible ways to make their children comfortable.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.