Viral infections cause colds and flu and affect the nose, throat and airways. The symptoms are generally not serious and usually improve within 3 to 5 days, or a week at most. However, a coughing child can be worrying for a parent, especially if it disrupts daily activities.
Cough is a common symptom in children and is one of the main reasons parents seek medical advice.
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections and do not work against viral infections like the common cold and the flu. While annoying, some of the symptoms of cold and flu are your body’s response to the infection and actually help to fight it.
Use self-care methods at the first sign of a cold or flu to help your child feel better. Keep them hydrated with fluids such as water, juice, soup, and non-caffeinated drinks which may also loosen mucus. Gargling with salt water can help relieve a sore throat. A cool-mist humidifier, which breaks water into droplets and releases them into the air, may help relieve a stuffy nose.
If their symptoms do not improve , there is ongoing fever, shortness of breath and persistent coughing, it is important to consult your doctor.
Rest and using over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms can go a long way to helping your child feel better. Ask your pharmacist about Adcock Ingram’s Dilinct Junior for treating coughs in children.
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