Treating A Common Cold And Flu

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Treating Coughs

  • Kids often cough when they have a cold because of phlegm dripping down the back of the throat.
  • If your child is eating, drinking and breathing normally and there’s no panting, a cough isn’t anything to be anxious about.
  • If your child has a severe cough that won’t disappear, see your GP.
    Treatment of Coughs, Colds and Ear Infections in Kids
    Treatment of Coughs, Colds and Ear Infections in Kids
  • If your child also has a high fever and is out of breath, they might have a chest infection. Your GP will recommend antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
  • Antibiotics won’t alleviate the cough straight away.
  • If a cough persists for a long time, particularly if it’s worse at night or occurs when your is child running about, it might be an indication of asthma. Some kids with asthma also have a breathlessness.

Sore Throats

  • Painful throats are regularly caused by viral infections such as flu or colds.
  • Your child’s throat might be dried out and painful for a day or two prior to a cold.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be provided to decrease the pain.


It’s standard for a kid to have quite a few colds every year. This is because there are lots of viruses and young kids have no resistance to any of them. Slowly they develop immunity and get fewer colds.

The majority of colds get better within a week. Here are a few guidelines on how to alleviate the symptoms for your child:

  • Increase the quantity of liquid your child usually drinks.
  • If your child has a fever or uneasiness, paracetamol or ibuprofen can help. Follow the dosage on the packet when giving it to kids.

Ear Infections

  • Ear infections are frequent in babies and small kids. They often occur after a cold and can lead to high temperature.

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