Coughs and colds
A cuddle can go along way
There are some good things about children catching a few coughs and colds it helps them build-up natural defences and fight off viruses.
Most bugs will run their course without doing any real harm because they are viruses which get better on their own, however there are things you can do at home to help:
- Give your child lots to drink.
- Try infant paracetamol or ibuprofen (not aspirin).
- Keep them away from smoke, do not let people smoke at home, around your child or come into contact with your child if they have recently smoked.
- Keep calm - a cuddle goes a long way.
- Talk to your pharmacist but remember that coughing is the body’s way of keeping the lungs clear.
If your baby is under three months, or you are concerned, contact your GP.
Children can also be treated using over the counter painkillers to help to bring down a raised temperature. Some are available as a liquid for children and can be given from the age of about three months. Check with the pharmacist and tell them how old your child is. Always check with your pharmacist if you aren’t sure which treatments you can give your child.
Don't pass it on:
Catch it Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneezes.
Bin it Germs can live for several hours on tissues. Dispose of your tissue as soon as possible.
Kill it Hands can pass on germs to everything you touch. Clean your hands as soon as you can.
Is your child coughing and sneezing, has a mild temperature and seems a bit poorly?
It’s probably no more than a cold and just need a bit of extra comfort, drinks and rest.
Ask the chemist for advice on painkillers and keep an eye on them in case things get worse.
The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are still worried, contact your surgery or NHS Direct.