Effective methods for treating the common cold in children

Effective methods for treating the common cold in children

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 If your child catches the common cold it usually means a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

Remember that an effective method of treating the common cold in children is firstly treating the symptoms of the infection by using the following medications:
anti-fever and painkilling medications. Syrups with paracetamol or ibuprofen may be given to an infant older than 3 months,
combined products for children containing paracetamol and vitamin C. Vitamin C found in the medications has a beneficial effect on the child's immune system (synthesis of antibodies) thereby shortening the duration of the infection,
herbal medications containing extracts of lime blossom, black elderflower or coltsfoot rootstock increase sweating and hasten recovery.
Remember not to give acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) to a child under 12 years of age as it may damage the liver (Reye's syndrome).

An effective method for treating the common cold in children is also to drink large amounts of liquids and humidify the air.

Remember to always ensure before giving medication whether the given treatment for the common cold is recommended for children as young as yours.

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