Kids get about six colds a year and there's no medicine to cure a cold or the flu. Your child will get better with time, rest, and lots of liquids.
To help stop the spread of a cold or the flu, teach the whole family to wash their hands often and use clean tissues to cover coughs and sneezes.
Signs and Symptoms
- Red, runny nose.
- Sneezing, dry cough.
- Watery eyes.
- Child doesn't want to eat and has trouble drinking from a bottle or breast.
- Fever and chills.
What You Can Do
- Have your child get lots of rest.
- Give your child liquids to drink every hour.
- Raise your child's head while sleeping by placing a crib wedge or towel under the end of the mattress.
- Use a soft rubber suction bulb to clear your baby's stuffed nose.
- Talk to your child's doctor about when to give fever reducers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and the right dose for your child's age and weight. Do not give aspirin to a child. It can make a child very sick.