There is nothing worse for a parent than watching your child go through the colds they get every year. We know that it is probably not serious, but it is still difficult to watch them suffer. Here are some ways that you can help them feel more comfortable and reduce their misery.
An Ounce Of Prevention
Estimates show that kids are sick for a whopping 22 million days of school every year. You won’t be able to stop them from encountering germs in their daily lives, but you can do some things to prevent them from getting sick. For instance, your child should get enough sleep. An immune system works best when the body is well rested. Healthier eating will also boost the immune system to fight off colds. The vast majority of infections are spread by touch. That means that one of the best defences against getting sick is by washing your hands and killing those germs before they can cause problems.
Cough and Sore Throat Relief
A great and yummy way to give your child relief from sore throat and coughing is honey. Depending on the age, you can give a half teaspoon or a full one. Dark honeys also contain antioxidants that will help boost the immune system as well. The honey will soothe the throat and relieve pain, allowing a child to sleep better.
A body loses a lot of water through sweat when it is fighting off a fever. That is why it is so important to keep your child hydrated at all times. Being dehydrated will just make things worse. You can also use oral rehydration solutions that will help replenish electrolytes.
Using a humidifier can help your child with stuffiness. It is important to change the water regularly, because it can attract mold and bacteria. If you do not have a humidifier, then your child can take a steamy shower, or even sit in the bathroom as it steams up.
There is no reason to feel helpless if your child is sick with a cold. There are many ways that you can help him or her feel better, even if there is no cure. Try these tips to help manage their symptoms and feel better.
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