(WXYZ) – Fall and winter is the perfect time to catch a cold. And parents know all too well that children easily pass germs to each other, especially in places like schools and daycares.
What is the best children’s medicine for cough and cold?
As a Father, I know how miserable kids can feel when they’ve got a cold. They’re coughing, and often dealing with a stuffy nose or a runny one.
It makes sense that parents want to alleviate their kid’s symptoms to make them feel better. But it’s important to not give children under the age of six an over-the-counter cough and cold medications that contain decongestants or antihistamines.
Recent research not only found no evidence that they provide adequate relief for runny or stuffy noses, but they found over-the-counter meds can potentially harm your child.
Some decongestants can cause convulsions and hypertension
Researchers also found interactions like a racing heart, which could be dangerous for those with underlying conditions.
And if you’re thinking of using home remedies instead, like heated air humidifiers, vapor rub, probiotics or the popular herb echinacea, know that the researchers also found inadequate evidence to support these methods as well.
What can you do when your child is sick and desperately wants to feel better?
- Try using saline nasal irrigation or drops. They are safe to use. However, they may or may not relieve a stuffy nose.
- If your child has a fever, aches or pains, you can give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Just be sure to read the label and give them the correct dose.
- A cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier might help your child breathe easier. They moisten the air and can help shrink nasal passages.
- Lastly, make sure kids drink lots of fluids. It’s important for them to be hydrated and it may also help thin mucus.
When it comes to the common cold, they are usually caused by viruses. And symptoms typically take 7 to 10 days to clear up.
I recommend telling your children what I tell mine, and that is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cough into your elbow and try to avoid being close to anyone who appears sick.
You’ve heard me say “food is medicine”. And it’s especially important when it comes to fighting colds. Learn how to boost immunity here.
Can antibiotics treat colds? Learn more here.
Copyright Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Data pulled from WXYZ