Colds and Flu
Cold or Flu- the symptoms are similar; both are caused by viruses and must run their course. The best treatment available is symptom relief.
Last 4 to 10 Days
Abrupt Onset of Fever for 2 to 5 Days
Pain or Burning Sensation when moving the eyes
A dry, hacking cough lasting one to two weeks
Call the doctor if
ุ The fever remains at 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or persists for more than 3 day
ุ The glands in the neck become swollen
ุ A whitish coating can be seen on the tonsils or throat
ุ Nasal discharge becomes colored (yellowish or greenish) after five days of cold or remains colored after seven to ten days
ุ Your child experiences a persistent earache, cough, chest pain or sinus pain
ุ Symptoms get better and then worsen again
ุ Your child has a severe headache with a stiff neck, fever, nausea, and vomiting
ุ A skin rash appears
ุ One or both eyes become red, and a yellow pasty discharge holds the eyelids together
ุ Your child experiences rapid or difficult breathing
ุ Help your child get plenty of rest
ุ Offer plenty of liquids
ุ Run a cool-mist humidifier in the room where your child sleeps
ุ Limit milk, cheese and other dairy products for a few days
ุ Have your child thoroughly wash his hands frequently
ุ Give your child acetaminophen every 4-6 hours for fever and muscle aches. Dont give aspirin to children under 18 years of age unless directed by their doctor.
ุ Avoid cold remedies that do everything at once. Treat a stuffy nose with a decongestant; treat a cough with cough medicine, ect.
ุ Dry, hacking coughs respond to honey in hot water, tea or lemon juice. (Exceptions: Never give honey to a child under 1 year of age.
ุ To relieve nasal congestion, use nose drops. You can make your own by mixing one half-teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water. One to two drops in each nostril while the child is lying on his back followed by blowing the nose will help congestion.