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How can I treat my child's cold without medication?

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Children younger than 12 who have nasal congestion can use saline nasal drops or nasal spray, fluids, and a cool mist humidifier instead of medications. Suction can help a stuffy nose.

From: Safely Treat Children's Fever and Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Kids Aren't Just Small Adults - Medicines, Children and the Care Every Child Deserves,'' ''Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicine Use in Children,'' ''Using Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products in Children,'' and ''Got a Sick Kid? Don’t Guess. Read the Label. Make Sure You’re Giving Your Children the Right Medicine and the Right Amount.''

Be MedWise: ''Ten Tips for Parents.''

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Acetaminophen Toxicity in Children,'' ''American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Caution in Use of Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines.''

Familydoctor.org: “OTC Cough and Cold Medicines and My Child: What Do I Need to Know?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Children: “Over the Counter Medicines,” “My Child Seems to Get a Lot of Colds. Is This Normal?” “Reye Syndrome,” “When to Call Your Pediatrician.”

U.S. Pharmacist: “Pediatric OTC Cough and Cold Product Safety.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Kids Aren't Just Small Adults - Medicines, Children and the Care Every Child Deserves,'' ''Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicine Use in Children,'' ''Using Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products in Children,'' and ''Got a Sick Kid? Don’t Guess. Read the Label. Make Sure You’re Giving Your Children the Right Medicine and the Right Amount.''

Be MedWise: ''Ten Tips for Parents.''

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Acetaminophen Toxicity in Children,'' ''American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Caution in Use of Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines.''

Familydoctor.org: “OTC Cough and Cold Medicines and My Child: What Do I Need to Know?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Children: “Over the Counter Medicines,” “My Child Seems to Get a Lot of Colds. Is This Normal?” “Reye Syndrome,” “When to Call Your Pediatrician.”

U.S. Pharmacist: “Pediatric OTC Cough and Cold Product Safety.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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