Live Healthier: Managing kids colds

It’s back to school time… chances are, they’ll bring home more than homework.If your child comes home with a cold, there are some things to keep in mind that can make the annual rite of passage a bit easier.

A constant struggle for many parents is knowing how and when to treat children with colds.

Colds are caused by viruses  – and the all-too-familiar symptoms can include a runny nose, cough, fever, sneezing and irritability. Doctor Shu says a cold can last for 2 or 3 weeks, however the worst symptoms tend to pass after a few days.According to the american academy of pediatrics, parents shouldn’t give kids under age 4 over-the-counter cough and cold medicines because they can be harmful..

For a fever , the a-a-p recommends acetaminophen for infants from birth to 6 months of age.Once they’re 6 months or older, it’s okay to give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Even though colds aren’t curable, there is a bright side. Doctor says every time that a child does get a cold it does strengthen his immune system.

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