Boys Town Offers Advice for Dealing with the Common Cold

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Boys Town staff pediatrician offers advice for parents when children contract the common cold.

The common cold is probably the most common ailment that will affect your child as he/she grows up. If symptoms last longer than two weeks, contact your physician.

Colds are very common in young children. Boys Town offers advice when dealing with the common cold. This national child and health care organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Below are five ways to help your child when faced with the common cold:

1.    An effective treatment for the cold is a nasal saline. Place a few drops of salt water solution in your child’s nose several times a day to help clear the nasal passage and allow for better sleep.
2.    Try setting up a cool-mist humidifier to add moisture to the air to help ease your child’s coughing and congestion.
3.    Colds and coughs may cause fast or labored breathing. If you have any concerns about your child’s breathing, contact your child’s physician right away.
4.    Watch for ear infections or sinus infections since both are common complications of the cold. Symptoms include: a sudden fever, irritability, poor feeding and/or poor sleep, cold symptoms lasting longer than 2 weeks.
5.    Make sure everyone in your family is washing their hands several times a day using soap and water or hand sanitizer.

“The common cold is probably the most common ailment that will affect your child as he/she grows up. Children have an estimated six to eight colds per year. Transmission usually occurs through direct or indirect contact with nasal secretions,” said Mara Paradis, MD, Boys Town Staff Pediatrician. “If symptoms worsen or last longer than two weeks, contact your physician.”

For more information on this topic and others go to Boystown Pediatrics.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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