Winter time can be a miserable time of year, and not just because of the weather. It is a known fact that children are more susceptible to contracting winter colds whilst they grow, with some little ones even suffering with the sniffles up to 10 times a year. Winter colds can vary from the common runny rose to aches and pains, which means that each type of cold requires different care to keep your little one's spirits up. Here at Daisy Baby we have created a guide to winter colds and how to deal with each one to get your little one through the winter blues and raring to go again.
The Common Cold
Easily contracted, the common cold typically involves symptoms such as runny nose, a cough and a sore throat, although children may experience either one of these at any time. The best medicine for this is lots of liquids and rest and soon your little one will feel right as rain. A nasal aspirator may be useful for helping to clear stuffy noses, especially if your little one is too young to blow their nose. In the event that your child suffers with aches, pains and shivers, contact your GP for a check-up to ensure that there are no underlying problems and your child is recovering properly. Some coughs can also last for over a week, but any longer than this and you must consult your GP for advice.
A more serious virus that effects the lungs, flu is the main winter cold that will make your child feel very poorly, resulting in aches, pains and nausea with some children experiencing vomiting. The best way to treat this is to ensure that your child is drinking lots of water. Make sure that you consult your GP before administering any painkillers to your child however mild they may be. Flu can often cause a temperature, this must be checked regularly and alert your doctor if you notice that their temperature is too high. It's probably a good idea to have a thermometer to hand so that you can monitor this accurately.
Inflamed Sinuses and Airways
In some cases many cold and flu symptoms can become much more severe resulting in inflamed sinuses and airways called sinusitis and bronchitis. Sinusitis symptoms are pain, discharge and swelling around the nose which can make it incredibly tender and uncomfortable. Bronchitis symptoms involve a heavy chesty cough and difficulty breathing. Both issues are very serious in young children and must be monitored to ensure that they don't worsen. If you think that your child may have developed one of these illnesses then consult your doctor for advice on how to deal with the problem.
Home Remedies To Make Your Child More Comfortable
Dealing with any of these colds can be unpleasant but there are a few remedies that you can try at home to ease your little one's symptoms.