To relieve a stuffy nose and congestion
- Use a humidifier in your child’s room, and clean the humidifier often. A warm bath also may help. Use warm water or saline nose drops to thin mucus. Place 1-3 drops in nostrils & wait one minute.Older children then may find it easier to blow their nose. For infants & young children, use a suction bulb to suction each nostril.
To relieve a cough and sore throat
- Cough drops, lozenges, or corn syrup may help soothe the throat. Do not give cough drops to children younger than 4 years because they could choke on them.
- Drinking warm liquids such as chicken broth or hot chocolate may also be soothing.
- cough suppressant medicine should be avoided, as coughing helps clear the lungs, see below.
- Use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fevers, headaches, or muscle aches. These medicines are sold in both infant & child concentrations. Ibuprofen should not be used for infants less than 6 months of age.
- Read the label carefully to determine the proper concentration & dose for your child.
- Always use the measuring tool that came with the medicine, or a proper medicine syringe and/or medicine cup. Never use a common kitchen spoon to measure and give medicine.