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The Common Cold

Maybe it’s a little too common…

When it comes to children (especially those first few years), it may seem like you just can’t keep your baby healthy.  Fall approaches and then those dreaded winter months come along and runny noses and coughs seem to never stop.  If you’re anything like me, it leaves you feeling helpless.  All you want to do is help your baby feel better!  So what do you do?  Call the pediatrician?  Wait it out?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s not safe to give any child under the age of four over-the-counter cold medicines.  And from ages four to six, they should only be used at the recommendation of your pediatrician.

The AAP recommends fluids, a humidifier, and saline drops for a runny or stopped up nose.  When in doubt, call your pediatrician.  That’s what they’re there for, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Remember as hard as it is to see your baby sick, his or her immunity is building.  Give them some extra snuggles and rest.  It’ll be over before you know it.