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  1. Recurrent Ear Infections and Persistent Effusion - Topic Overview

    Some doctors may recommend the use of daily antibiotics for prevention (prophylaxis) of ear infection if your child has many recurrent ear infections. Talk to your doctor about this. Antibiotics can reduce by 1 the number of infections that would have occurred without antibiotics. If your child has at least 3 ear infections in a 6-month period or has 4 ear infections in 1 year,your doctor may ...

  2. Symptoms of Ear Infection - Topic Overview

    Ear pain may be the first symptom of an ear infection,especially if you have moderate to severe ear pain during or shortly after you have a cold. Other symptoms of an ear infection may include: Swelling,heat,or tenderness around or behind the ear. Redness of the ear,ear canal,or skin around or behind the ear. Drainage from the ear that does not look like earwax. Itching of the ear or ...

  3. Using Vaporizers and Humidifiers - Topic Overview

    Vaporizers and humidifiers help moisten the mouth and throat when breathing the dry,heated indoor air of the winter months. The mist from a humidifier may be preferred because of the risk of burns from steam vaporizers. A shallow pan of water in the room can substitute for a vaporizer or humidifier and avoids the hazard of mold. Be sure to keep the pan out of the reach of babies and toddlers. ...

  4. Cough Symptoms in Children - Topic Overview

    A cough that is more noticeable when your child is lying down is usually caused by mucus running down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) from an upper respiratory infection,such as a cold,sinusitis,or allergy. A child usually has a runny or stuffy nose,may be irritable,and may have a fever. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to provide relief for this type of cough. A cough ...

  5. Productive Coughs - Topic Overview

    A productive cough helps clear mucus (sputum) and foreign material from the airways. Mucus may be made in the lungs because of bronchitis,pneumonia,or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Colds and allergies may produce mucus that drains down the back of the throat ( postnasal drainage ). Home treatment may be all that is needed to provide relief if you have a productive cough and ...

  6. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

    If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

  7. Colds - Topic Overview

    What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

  8. Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and Feeding your Baby: What Parents Should Know

    This document updates previously posted information for parents about infant feeding and novel H1N1 flu (swine flu).

  9. What Adults with HIV Infection Should Know About the Novel H1N1 Flu (formerly called swine flu)

    At the present time, we have no information about the risk of the novel H1N1 flu in people with HIV/AIDS. In the past, people with HIV/AIDS have not appeared to be at any greater risk than the general population for infection with routine seasonal influenza.

  10. Advice for Parents on Talking to Children About Novel H1N1 Flu (Formerly Swine Flu) Concerns

    As a parent you know how hard it can be for children to understand stressful situations, such as the current situation of novel H1N1 flu.

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