Remedies For A Winter Cold

Winter colds are a common occurrence at this time of the year.

Firstly, it’s important to stress that children usually bounce back from a cold relatively quickly, and can be cared for at home.

With that being said, it’s best to be watchful for any of the following symptoms:

  • an increase in body temperature (37.5°C or higher)
  • blotchy or rashy skin
  • cold hands or feet
  • difficulty breathing
  • signs of dehydration (like passing less urine)

Otherwise, treating a cold is mostly about keeping your child comfortable and hydrated. Ibuprofen and paracetamol can help, and drinking lots of fluids will avoid any danger of dehydration.

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Whilst nearly every family I’ve met has their own theories about how best to treat a cold, most non-medical solutions have little to no evidence of being effective. That includes garlic, extra vitamin C, humidifiers and antibiotics.

Dr Yiannis’ tip: Intriguingly, one of the few “home remedies” that has been shown to work is a spoonful of honey before bed, which can help to alleviate a cough. But don’t use this if your child is under 1 year old.

Read more about managing winter illness here.

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