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It can be especially hard as a mum when your little one is feeling poorly with a cold and off nursery or school. Although a cold is a simple viral infection and clears away by itself, that does not make it any less worrying when you see them struggling with a stuffy nose, cough and a high temperature. There's nothing worse when the whole house comes down with a cold, yourself included and all you want to do is go back to bed, but have a ton of housework to do whilst attend to poorly little ones.
To help them recover and get back to their usual selves let them rest if they want to, keep them hydrated, give them lots of support and cuddles - even let them watch TV or use a computer game if it takes their mind off their symptoms!
Following on from my previous post where I shared some of my tips on how to take care of your little ones in the winter, today expert Dr Roger Henderson is sharing five important things to do at this time to help your little ones during the cold and flu season:
1. Let them rest. They may vary between feeling active and then very lethargic and sleepy. If they want to sleep or rest, let them – extra rest can help them recover faster. Remember not to cover them with too many blankets though as this can increase their high temperature.
2. Keep them well hydrated. Dehydration will make your child’s symptoms feel worse and if they have a high temperature they will dehydrate faster than usual. Drinking little and often is fine but keep an eye out for possible signs of dehydration, which include passing very dark urine, not having any tears if crying and having dry lips.
3. Use a decongestant such as Olbas to help unblock a stuffy nose, reduce the catarrh of a cold and help with breathing.
4. Call your GP if your child has a very high temperature that does not go down after taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, if they seem unusually drowsy or lethargic, will not eat or drink, or becomes short of breath or wheezy.
5. Help relieve the symptoms of a cold such as a high temperature and aches and pains by giving them ibuprofen or paracetamol – ask your pharmacist or doctor for the correct dosage advice.
Do you have any advice or tips to share for keeping colds and coughs at bay during the cold and flu season with kids this winter?