If your child is on the cusp of puberty, gone are the days when she was placated by a lollipop after a doctor’s visit. Now you likely have to badger or bribe her to see the doctor or outright drag her to medical appointments. Even more challenging for parents is making sure the doctor is a good match for their growing kid’s needs, medically and emotionally.
When Palo Alto, Calif., mom Sally King (not her real name) started thinking about getting her two daughters, 16 and 18, vaccinated against human...
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: