Having to deal with cold and flu for our kids at the beginning of each season is a pain in the neck. So, whether it’s a cold or the flu, here what you need to know.
Difference Between the Cold and The Flu
Generally, flu tends to be worse than the common cold. Signs of the common cold are sore throat, runny nose, a slight increase in the temperature, ending with cough in the last days. Most of the symptoms are just in the head.
People suffering from flu tend to have higher fever, headaches, body pain and aches in addition to a runny nose and sore throat. Flu symptoms happen through the entire body rather than just the head. Symptoms also last longer than the common cold.
Here are some tips to help your little ones feel as fresh as a daisy!
Keep Them Hydrated
Fevers can easily result in dehydration, In addition to the secretion of larger amounts of mucus.
It’s important to encourage your little ones to drink more water to reduce the symptoms and help them feel better.
Dehydration can be serious if signs appear on babies younger than 3 months. So watch for any of the following signs:
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin.
- Less or no tears while crying.
- Top of the head looks sunken.
- Fewer wet diapers.
- Congested Nose
Many sprays that help ease a congested nose are not recommended for young children. Luckily, a few other solutions are still available like putting a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room or saline nasal spray or drops.
Take Care of Their Nutrition
Here are a few suggestions:
Suggested dosing for Kids for vitamin D, 400-1000 IU/ day, which may be just one drop/day if each drop = 1000 Units
Vitamin C suggestions: 250-500 mg once or twice daily
Colloidal silver: few drops per day
Ortho biotic: 1/4 or 1/2 adult dose per day, and some powders dissolve in a delicious juice and they are tasteless!
Immune berry! Half adult dose/day.
And if your younger one gets the coughing part of the winter you can give them Ginger-Tussin™ Syrup which is excellent as an herbal product, delicious and fun to take to combat and has the potential for improvement cough.
Since many medications are not suitable for young children, we offer you a range of medications that helps them with their cold and flu. Check out a variety of Cold and flu medications for young children here!
If you need more information about the suggested dose, contact us on 262-429-9429 or email Omar the pharmacist at [email protected]