The sniffles, a bug, a common cold—no matter what you call it, being sick is a pain, and seeing your tiny human under the weather is tough on parents. While you may not be able to fully prevent your little one from catching a virus, there are some steps you can take to help your odds and ways to make things easier on your family when you have a child feeling out of sorts. Dr. Supriya Rastogi – the best Pediatrcian in Faridabad shares tips for making cold and cough season a little easier on her young patients. Read on for her ten tips to survive cold and cough season:
The common cold is very common. The average child will get 8-12 colds a year.
2. Wash up
Correctly and Often! You know the drill: 20 seconds with soap and water.
3. Sanitize Smartly
Pick a hand sanitizer that’s at least 70 percent alcohol, and rub it in until its dry –no wiping.
4. Cover Those Coughs
Anytime, anywhere – coughs and sneezes should always be covered and into an elbow or a tissue.
5. Watch Their Hydration
Dehydration can take a cold from bad to worse. If they‘re in diapers, 3-5 wet diapers a day is ideal. If they ‘re on the toilet, check their urine to make sure it’s light yellow.
6. Watch for Retractions
Retractions: When your child’s belly, ribs or clavicles are moving significantly when they breathe. This means they’re having trouble getting air and should be closely monitored.
7. Get Choosy With Cough Syrups
Not all cough syrups treat the same symptoms! So, choose right cough syrups wisely for your kiddo’s symptoms.
8. Stop the Snot
Before bedtime, use a saline spray or saline drops and suction to clear up their nose – so you can both rest easy.
9. Keep lt Contained
Stop the spread in your household with a designated bedroom and bathroom for your sick tiny bean, if possible.
10. Sip, sip, Hooray!
A warm beverage before bed helps soothe sore throats and helps your little one sleep! Try milk with honey, tea or hot cocoa.