Home Remedies for Children's Colds and Flu
Sore Throat: When to Call a Doctor
Give your child's pediatrician a call if, along with a sore throat, your child has:
- Problems breathing
- Great difficulty swallowing
- A stiff neck
- Signs of dehydration, which can include dry mouth, a lack of tears, decreased energy, and problems peeing
- A fever over 104° F
- If sore throat lasts more than two days
Fever: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better
A fever means your child's body is trying to fight an infection. You can help it do its job with these quick tips.
Use pain relievers
like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These can help relieve a fever in children older than 6 months -- but be sure to talk to your doctor about the right dosage. Never give aspirin to a child under 18 years old due to the risk of potentially deadly Reye syndrome.
Offer cool fluids
to help keep your child hydrated and reduce heat loss.
Dress your child lightly to avoid overheating. For example, in one layer of light clothing and one light blanket.
Sponge your child with lukewarm water to help relieve the discomfort of a high fever; stop if your child becomes cold.
Fever: When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if your child has a fever and also:
- Facial pain
- Yellow or green nasal discharge
- A rash
- A stiff neck
- If the fever is over 104° F or if a fever of 103° F or less lasts more than three days
- If your child is less than 6 months or not immunized
- Vomiting more than once
You know your child best. If you're worried about any symptom -- whether cold, flu, fever, or sore throat -- put your mind at ease, give your doctor a call.