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What will help a child have a cold? It works! And don't do that!

What will help a child have a cold? It works! And don't do that!



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It is not without reason that little children are said a little inelegantly "young punks". It's for a simple reason - little ones very often they catch a cold, they have a runny nose, cough and any symptoms of infection during the infection period many times - often one disease turns into another. It even happens that a parent has a problem determining when a few-year-old is 100% healthy.

A child's common cold is rarely a serious matter (except for newborns who may have any type of infection). Despite this, it requires appropriate care to avoid complications. In addition, the parent's priority is always to alleviate the child's suffering.

What works when a child's cold starts?

Child's common cold - the most common disease

A child's cold is the most common disease regardless of age. There is no doubt that it is the runny nose, cough and feeling of weakness that occur most often in children. There is an opinion that a treated cold lasts a week and an untreated one lasts seven days. There is a lot of truth to this, because a cold as an infection caused by viruses requires symptomatic treatment, that is, simply ... waiting.

Colds are not antibiotics, which only cope with bacterial infections. It makes no sense to give these strong drugs preventive or protective, even to young children. Doing so will do more harm than good.

A cold can cause up to 200 viruses

The common cold is such a common infection because it causes it as many as 200 different viruses. They usually make you feel worse from 4 to 10 days, the symptoms go away on their own, they can be relieved by using proven methods, about which later in the article.

How often do children get a cold?

Toddlers going to the nursery are on average up to 12 times a year cold - you can easily see that they are sick for at least a week a month. Older children - preschoolers - get sick even 9 times a year because of a cold teenagers and adults catch a cold on average 7 times a year.

The cold season continues from September to March. It is then that we get sick most often, which of course does not mean that diseases do not occur in summer - because then they also appear.

Is it cold or flu?

It may be difficult for children to distinguish between colds and flu. The truth is, however, that the flu has a more dynamic course, literally knocks you down, your child has a high fever, doesn't feel like playing, lies down and sleeps more often. A stronger cold can also give a bone, but usually its course is milder than even harmless flu.

Common symptoms of a child's common cold include:

  • runny nose
  • sneezing,
  • Headache,
  • fatigue,
  • sore throat,
  • cough,
  • sometimes a fever.

A child who has a cold it can be strenuous, refuse food, be unwilling to cooperate.

The common cold can affect child's sinus, pass to the bronchi and also end up with an infection in the middle ear. Sometimes a cold child also has diarrhea and vomiting.

The longer the infection lasts, the darker and denser the nasal discharge may become.

On the next page about how to protect a child from colds and how to treat a cold.