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Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

  1. Soothing Your Child’s Cold

    Learn ways to ease your child's cold symptoms. Also, find out which symptoms warrant a call to the doctor.

  2. Children’s Cold Medicine: Safety Information

    WebMD brings you children’s cold medicine safety information including FDA guidelines for child cold remedies and safe methods of relieving cold symptoms in kids.

  3. Children and Colds and Croup

    Learn more about children and colds: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and home remedies.

  4. Flu Vaccines for Children Under 2

    Children 6 months and older should be vaccinated for the flu. Learn more about the flu vaccine in children under 2.

  5. What Are Epidemics, Pandemics, and Outbreaks?

    WebMD explains what pandemics, epidemics, and outbreaks are, how they are classified, and how to prevent getting a contagious diseases such as the flu and SARS.

  6. Flu Medications for Children

    Some medications can be used to decrease the severity and duration of a flu attack. These are referred to as antiviral drugs.

  7. Asthma and Colds

    Learn more from WebMD about cold and asthma symptoms - where they overlap, and when to call the doctor.

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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. ...

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