There is no cure for the common cold, but there are certain steps you can take to make your child comfortable and help them recover as quickly as possible.
Saline drops or spray is effective for relieving a stuffy nose and nasal congestion.
Warm or cool mist humidifiers (vaporizers) provide additional moisture in the air to help with nasal congestion.
Honey is a safe and effective cough remedy for children 12 months and older.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) may be given for a fever. Acetaminophen is safe for children 3 months and older and Ibuprofen is safe for children 6 months and older. Call your pediatrician for fevers that persist for >24hrs or for worsening symptoms.
Over the counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children less than 4 years of age.
Children 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.