Did you know that children suffer from 3-8 colds per year? The symptoms are generally worse in the first 2-3 days but the cough can last for up to four weeks, so it can often feel like your child is constantly unwell with a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, and there are a gazillion different types of viruses around. Viruses are clever at changing themselves so you never get totally immune to them. The best way of preventing a cold is to:
- wash your hands regularly especially if you are around someone with a cold and teach your child to do the same.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hand.
- The best way to manage your cold symptoms are by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, these relieve the fever, aches, sore throat, ear ache and headache caused by congestion. Be sure to follow the instructions to get the correct dose (or ask us at Village Health Lincoln Road for a dosing chart which gives dose by weight).
- Drink plenty of fluids and use saline drops to unblock the nose.
- There is some really great information about when to see the doctor on the website www.healthinfo.org.nz and search “colds in children”.