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What kind of fluids should a baby or toddler with a cold have?

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Extra fluids can thin mucus so their nose won't be as stuffy and they'll cough up all that gunk more easily. Most drinks, like water, juice, and milk, are fine. Warm liquids like chicken soup, apple cider, or hot chocolate can soothe a sore throat. Be sure they’re warm, not hot, to avoid burns. Babies under 6 months should only drink breast milk or formula, not water or juice. But you may offer more milk than usual for coughs or colds.

SOURCES:

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, Wilmington, NC; author, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Atlanta; co-author, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Coughs and colds: Medicines or home remedies?”

FDA: “Giving medication to children.”

Shadkam, M. July 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, Wilmington, NC; author, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Atlanta; co-author, Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Coughs and colds: Medicines or home remedies?”

FDA: “Giving medication to children.”

Shadkam, M. July 2010. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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