Waking in the middle of the night to change your child's sheets after a bedwetting episode is practically a rite of passage for parents. And it's more common than you think.
"I call it the hidden problem of childhood," says Howard Bennett, MD, a pediatrician and author of Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting. "Unlike asthma or allergies, it's just not talked about outside the house."
Common Cold Comforts: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better
There are over 200 cold viruses ready to lay your family low with nasal congestion, sore throat, and cough. Combat cold symptoms with these home remedies.
Get rest. Rest helps the body focus its energy on getting well, so keep kids home from school to keep them warm, and well-rested.
Drink lots of fluids. Replenish liquids lost from fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Fluids also help loosen mucus.
Use a humidifier. A humidifier in your child's room can keep the air moist and break up nasal and chest congestion.
Talk to your pediatrician before giving OTC cold and cough medicines. These medicines should not be given to children under 4 years of age, according to the FDA and the drug makers. Also, evidence indicates medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants, and cough medicines don't really help, but they could pose a small risk of serious side effects.
Cold Symptoms: When to Call a Doctor
Most colds pass in seven to 10 days, but give your child's pediatrician a call if your child has: