From ice lollies to ibuprofen, ease your child’s discomfort when he has a cough and sore throat
We’ve all been there, desperately trying to make it through the packed commute without a spluttering fit. When you know how annoying and uncomfortable coughs and sore throats can be, it’s even harder to see your baby or toddler struggling with one.
Coughs and sore throats are more common in little ones because their immune systems are less developed, but there are things you can do to make your child feel better.
Ease his discomfort
If your baby is congested with it, try saline nasal drops or taking him into a steamy kitchen or bathroom to help clear it.
‘You can use paracetamol or ibuprofen designed for babies and children if he’s in pain or has a raised temperature,’ says health visitor Penny Lazell. ‘Always check the recommended dose on the instructions.’
Keep your child hydrated
Babies can become dehydrated quickly so – especially when he’s unwell – keep an eye on what he’s drinking and how wet his nappies are.
‘You can use paracetamol or ibuprofen designed for babies and children if he’s in pain or has a raised temperature’
‘Sore throats and coughs can be soothed by offering frequent fluids, and homemade ice lollies are often good for older children,’ says Penny.
Calm him down
If your toddler has a coughing fit, keep calm and reassure him everything’s OK. ‘Help him sit upright and try some fluid to see if that helps,’ says Penny.
How long will it last?
Coughs and colds are usually caused by a virus, and will usually clear up on their own within a week. During this time, it’s about treating the symptoms to keep your little one comfortable with rest and fluids.
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‘Get medical advice if the cough continues for longer than a week and also if your child’s breathing becomes faster, noisy or he’s in obvious distress,’ says Penny.
‘If he has a temperature that won’t settle with medication within 48 hours, also contact your doctor as sometimes coughs can lead to croup, a chest or ear infection which needs treating.’
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