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Health Tip: When Your Child Has a Cold

(HealthDay News) -- When your child is miserable with a cold, there are things you can do to help the youngster feel better.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Use saltwater nose drops or saline nasal spray to ease nasal congestion.

  • Run a cool-mist humidifier to increase moisture in the air.

  • If your child's nose is raw and sore from wiping the nose, apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

  • Children older than age 3 may have hard candy or cough drops to help tame a sore throat.

  • Use a heating pad or a warm bath to comfort aches and pains.

  • Put your child in a steamy bathroom to help ease breathing.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 7/3/2013
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