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Tips for Relief of Your Child’s Cold and Flu Symptoms

There is no cure for the common cold or flu, but you can keep your child comfortable so that they can get the rest and sleep they need to fight the virus that caused it in the first place.

Cold Treatment

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and fluids.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier in your child's bedroom to moisten the air and clear your child's nasal passages. Be sure to clean the humidifier often.
  • Use saline nose drops to help thin your child's nasal mucus. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise which ones to use.
  • Clear your baby's nose with a suction bulb to draw the clogged mucus out of the nose. First squeeze the bulb, then gently put the rubber tip into one nostril and slowly release the bulb. This works best for babies younger than 6 months.
  • TYLENOL® for Children can help reduce your child’s fever and ease aches and pains from a cold. Be sure to ask your doctor about the right dose before using  TYLENOL® suppositories with your baby. 
  • See the doctor if your child doesn't seem to be getting better.

Flu Treatment

Children with the flu need lots of bed rest to help their bodies fight the virus and recover from their symptoms. In addition, here are four things you can do to help get your children through the flu:

  • Give them extra fluids to keep hydrated (feverish children may get dehydrated by sweating).
  • Light, easy-to-digest meals are best. Children with the flu are often not very hungry, but they need some nourishment for their body to fight the illness. Some examples are rice, crackers, toast, soup, and bananas.
  • Salt water nose drops and a humidifier help with nasal congestion.
  • Over the counter medicines like TYLENOL® can help keep your sick child comfortable.


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