Saturday 7 December 2019

High cold risk for kids

A CHILD can get eight or more colds a year due to hundreds of different cold viruses. Young kids have no immunity to any of them but gradually they build up resistance. Most colds get better in five to seven days. Here's how to treat them:

• Increase the child's daily intake of fluids

• Saline nose drops can help loosen dried nasal secretions and relieve a stuffy nose

• Paracetamol or ibuprofen can help relieve fever, pain or discomfort. There are special products for children.

• The whole family should wash their hands regularly to stop the cold spreading

• Nasal decongestants can make stuffiness worse. Never use them for more than two or three days.

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