Kids and Colds

Cold and flu season is in full swing, and it’s hard to escape without a sniffle, especially if your little one is exposed to other kids at day care, school or church.

Really, they can pick up a cold anywhere, even riding in the cart with you at the grocery store!

There are plenty of ways to mitigate cold and flu season without hibernating all winter long.

If your baby is 6 months or older, he’s eligible to get the flu vaccine. You can a get a shot at Brookshire’s pharmacy, or take him to his pediatrician for the flu mist (call ahead, not all providers offer flu mist). This not only reduces his chances of contracting the flu, but also lessens the risk of severe ramifications if he does contract the illness.

Wash hands. Wash hands a lot, using warm water and soap. Scrub for a minute.

This one is obvious, but avoid contact with people who are clearly sick themselves. In the meantime, as parents, keep yourselves healthy, so you can take care of your kids the best you can.

If your little one DOES get sick, alternating doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help bring down a fever (check with your pediatrician or a Brookshire’s pharmacist for exact dosage), while warm baths can help loosen congestion. Sometimes a humidifier or sitting in a steamy bathroom can also help alleviate a cough or labored breathing. If congestion becomes too severe, seek medical attention.

Bulb syringes or other suction apparatus and saline drops can help clear stuffy noses. Stock up on soft tissues to help wipe your little one’s sensitive nose.

If your child has symptoms of a cold or cough or runs fever for more than 48 hours that you can’t break, bring him in to see his pediatrician.

Published 11/29/18