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Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

👤by HealthDay 0 comments 🕔Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

(HealthDay News) -- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause. Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton swab. Offering warm, clear fluids to a baby aged 3 months to one year for a cough (never honey at this age.) Offer honey for children 1 year and older. For coughing, have the child breathe in a steamy bathroom. Offer plenty of fluids to help thin secretions. You can also run a humidifier.

-- Diana Kohnle

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