How To Treat Your Child's Cold
What only works for bacterial infections?
So, again, supportive care is really your best bet, because viral infections do not get better with anti-biotics. Anti-biotics only work for bacterial infections, viral infections really just have to run their course. So you can try symptomatic relief for fever and body aches with Tylenol or Motrin. We usually for children under six months, just Tylenol, and over six months you can use Tylenol or Motrin. It's important to consult your doctor about the proper dosing of course. Cough and cold medicines, again, really haven't been proven to work well in kids. The formulations have changed over the last fifty years, most of the studies really only done on adults and extrapolated to kids, but we've all used them in the past. For older kids I tell families if you want to try it, we'll talk about the proper dosing, and it's ok, but there's no true proof that they really do anything, but sometimes they are helpful to dry up the nose at night, to decrease the post nasal drip, to decrease the coughing. Vaporizers and humidifiers really help at night also to loosen up the mucus and help your baby breath better. Under six months of age, sometimes using a bulb suction, and salt water drops to squeeze out the mucus will help open up the airways. You just don't want to do that too much, because the more you stick up in the nose, the more irritation you cause to the nasal mucosa, and as a result you cause more congestion. So you really only want to do it if you see something there, and that something is bothering them, go ahead and suck it out. Otherwise the vaporizer, the humidifier, and Tylenol, or Motrin, and in older kids you may try the cough and cold medicines.