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Coughs and colds in children

 Coughs and colds in children



To relieve nasal congestion in children, use a humidifier in your child's room, and clean the humidifier as often as possible. A warm bath can also help. Use warm water or saline nasal drops to thin the mucus. Place 1-3 drops in the nostrils & wait one minute. Older children may find it easier to blow their noses. For babies & young children, use a suction bulb to suck each nostril.

To relieve cough and sore throat


Cough medicine, lozenges, or corn syrup can help soothe the throat. Do not give cough medicine to children under 4 years old because they can choke.

Drinking warm liquids such as chicken stock or hot chocolate can also be soothing.

Cough suppressants should be avoided, as coughing helps clear the lungs, see below.

Fever


Use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever, headache, or muscle aches. These drugs are sold in infant & pediatric concentrations. Ibuprofen should not be used for infants under 6 months of age.

Read labels carefully to determine the right concentration & dosage for your child.

Always use the measuring device that came with the medication, or a suitable medication syringe and/or medication cup. Never use an ordinary kitchen spoon to measure and administer medicine.





Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Children


We all know that secondhand smoke (smoke from the tip of a cigarette butt or exhaled by a smoker and then inhaled by others) is bad for those unfortunate enough to inhale it. This fact is one of the most talked about. to try and get smokers to quit.


1. Children who inhale secondhand smoke are more likely to develop pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung diseases.


2. They are much more likely to suffer from ear infections.


3. They are much more likely to develop asthma and much more likely to have more asthma attacks.


4. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


5. It is estimated that there are 150,000-300,000 cases each year of childhood infections (pneumonia, bronchitis, etc.) in infants under 18 months of age who inhale cigarette smoke.


If you are a smoker please don't pay attention to what these people say, they are just trying to justify their own habit. It's easy to side with them because it justifies your own habits. Even if the statistics on secondhand smoke have been exaggerated.

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