How to care for a child with viral infection

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 09, 2015

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Despite how hard you try to keep germs from spreading, your child will still be at risk. As a parent, here’s what you need to do when your child catches a viral infection.
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    Salt water for stuffy nose

    Salt water is an excellent remedy for nasal congestion. Put a few drops of the saline solution into each nostril and follow it with gentle bulb suction. You can also use nasal bulb syringe for suction.

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    Honey for cough

    For a child aged 2 to 5 years, take only half a teaspoonful of honey and a full teaspoon  of it for a child aged between 6 and 11 years. Give honey at bedtime and advice the child to brush his teeth before hitting the sack. By morning, your kid will get relief.

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    OTC meds for fever

    A baby that is 6 months or younger can be given over-the-counter medications for fever. However, it is better to check with your doctor first and decide on the right dosage.

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    Take care of breathing

    Breathing trouble is one of the common complications of viral infection. To help your child breathe alright, a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can be used in his room to moisten the air.

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    Ask doctor for antibiotics

    Antibiotics don't work for viral infections. However, doctors prescribe antiviral meds for influenza in certain cases. Ask your doctor if it is needed.


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