Here are some tips to help your child get through that stuffy-nose misery.
- Keep them home if they are contagious or too sick to participate in school activities. This may help your child get better faster and help avoid spreading germs.
- Treat a fever and those aches and pains by giving your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Always use recommended products and dosages.
- Prevent dehydration by giving your child water, watered-down juice, Pedialyte, popsicles and chicken soup.
- Fight a stuffy nose with saline drops. Research suggests that children ages 6 to 10 who receive a nasal saline rinse recover faster from colds or flu.
- Prevent irritated skin by wiping your child' nose with a warm, wet cloth. If irritation does occur, rub petroleum jelly on the area to soothe it.
- Keep hands clean by washing hands regularly. This habit will help keep them healthy and germ free. Sing "Happy Birthday" twice to make sure those hands get washed thoroughly!
- Honey can be used to soothe a sore throat or cough.
- Steam up their lungs by running a steamy shower and then bringing them into the bathroom. The humidity relieves the upper airway swelling that can cause coughs.
- Try a cool-mist humidifier to loosen congestion and help them breathe easier.
- Rest. Getting an adequate night's sleep will help your child recover as fast as possible.
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