Sometimes, as a parent, you have to resort to bribery to get kids to take their much-needed medication. We all remember, as children, not wanting to have that spoonful of goopy, yucky, syrupy, bitter-tasting liquid forced down our throats – all we wanted to do was stay home from school, watch TV, and avoid teachers and homework. Kids today are no different (well, except now they have iPads to play with) – they need to rest, not overexert themselves, relax, and fight that cold in healthy, sustainable ways, so they can get back to outside playtime and back in school.
But when your child already has a cold, how do you get them better quickly? Leolyte has twelve easy steps to follow to get your child back to their happy, bouncy, healthy selves:
Avoid sugary drinks – stick with oral electrolyte solutions, like Leolyte. Overly sugared drinks can make tummy aches worse. Leolyte puts much-needed electrolytes back into your kids’ bodies, and comes in a variety of flavors and fun colors. Frozen popsicles and good ol’ chicken noodle soup also help fight dehydration.
Utilize onions and garlic – it’s a powerful flu fighter. Garlic and onions have compounds, which in them contain allion and allcin – these compounds directly fight viruses. Parents can add a few cloves of garlic or onion slices to their child’s soup to healthily fight the illness.
Eat more antioxidants. These can be found in blueberries and spices (such as turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon).
Ginger helps with nausea. And if your kids are keeping their food down, they can keep Leolyte in their bodies as well!
Make sure your child stays home from school, especially if they have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or if they act like a fever is coming on – they could potentially be contagious to other children. They also need plenty of rest, especially when ill. Regularly, kids need 8 – 12 hours of sleep per night.
Fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Make sure your child is well-hydrated, as fevers can dehydrate their little bodies. You can also give them acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to take the fever down. If your child is younger than 3 months old and has a rectal fever over 100.4, or is age 3 months – 3 years and has a fever over 102.2, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Research proves that children between the ages of 6 and 10 recover faster from a cold or the flu when they use a nasal saline rinse. Use two – three drops per nostril while the child is lying on their back. Then, have him or her gently blow their nose.
Wiping your child’s nose over and over can make it sore and red. Use a warm, wet cloth to soothe raw noses. You can also use petroleum jelly or Aquaphor on the area.
Make sure your child’s hands stay clean. When he or she is old enough to start daycare, they are going to be exposed to germs. He or she should be able to wash their own hands. Teach your kids to wash their hands on a regular basis, especially when they cough or sneeze, and always after they use the bathroom. A good way to make sure they thoroughly washed their hands is to have them sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
Have them steam it up. If your child has a croupy cough (that sounds like barking), bring him or her to the bathroom and start up a shower. The steam will open up your kid’s airways and help ease the cough. Humidifiers will do the trick, as well.
Don’t ignore a serious cough. If your child is coughing for longer than a week, they should be taken to a doctor as soon as possible.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to see your child’s pediatrician, even if it is just a cold. There’s no shame in asking for help – especially when you’re concerned about your child’s health and well-being.
Sometimes, as a parent, you have to resort to bribery to get kids to take their much-needed medication. We all remember, as children, not wanting to have that spoonful of goopy, yucky, syrupy, bitter-tasting liquid forced down our throats - all we wanted to do was stay home from school, watch TV, and avoid teachers and homework. Kids today are no d...
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