Every parent dreads their child getting sick, even if it's “just” a cold. At best, you have a child not feeling well, not eating or sleeping well—a child missing school and parents missing work. At worst, a cold occasionally develops into something more, requiring a visit to the doctor and medical attention. What's an overworked, sleep-deprived parent to do? Well, here are some facts and practical tips to help keep your family healthy this cold and flu season.
First, a little primer. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Viruses are one type of germ that infects cells and makes us ill. Here are some common illnesses from viruses:
- Head cold. Many colds are caused by rhinoviruses. Rhino means nose in Greek, so these are viruses that infect the nose. We get runny and stuffy noses when we have colds because that is where the virus is setting up shop.
- Stomach flu. Rhinoviruses are actually one of a group of viruses called enteroviruses. Entero means intestine in Greek. These viruses infect our gastrointestinal tract, causing sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea—an illness some people call the stomach flu.
- Influenza. A stomach “bug” is different from the actual flu, which is caused by the influenza virus. Influenza comes from the Italian word for influence of the stars. In medieval Europe, people thought outbreaks of colds and flu were caused by the movement of the stars.
Treating a Cold or Flu
So, you wash until your hands are red, have gotten everyone their shots, have everyone eating their broccoli and in bed on time—and still someone in the family gets a cold. Despite our best efforts, we all will catch a virus at some point, kids more often than adults. While adults typically get 2–4 colds a year, kids average 6–8. Although you can't take an antibiotic to make the cold go away, you can help manage symptoms and support the immune system in doing its job.
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Great Tips for Making the Medicine Go Down
In a new national survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), 40% say that they find it isn't always easy to give their child(ren) over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine. Of those surveyed, one third of parents believe the taste of the medicine impacts how easy it is to give their child the medicine. Dr. Cocoa™ for Children offers a new option. It's the first-ever chocolate flavored cough and cold medicine line for children. And with its soothing formula made with a combination of effective ingredients and 10% real cocoa for a real chocolate taste, Dr. Cocoa™ helps parents fight the cold and not their kid(s) when it comes time to give them cough and cold relief medicine. Here are some additional tips to help make the medicine go down easier:
Make sure your child is standing or sitting up at least a 45-degree angle when taking any medicine. This reduces the risk of choking.
Give liquid medicine along the side of the mouth, about halfway down. If it goes directly to the center of your child's palate, it will trigger a gag. Place tablets on the back of the tongue or they will be spit out.
If you use a spoon, use the measuring type it's more accurate than ordinary tableware. Better yet, use a plastic medicine spoon with dosage
Don't bargain or bribe. The stakes will just escalate. Also, you give the message that taking medicine is a negotiable activity when it really isn't.
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