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Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

Suggestions to help ease symptoms

(HealthDay News) -- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause.
  • Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton swab.
  • Offering warm, clear fluids to a baby aged 3 months to one year for a cough (never honey at this age.) Offer honey for children 1 year and older.
  • For coughing, have the child breathe in a steamy bathroom.
  • Offer plenty of fluids to help thin secretions. You can also run a humidifier.

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