Cold and flu season is rough for most families with young children. Add preexisting conditions to the mix and it can be downright scary. So, before you are hit with one of these seasonal illnesses get informed. Check with your child's pediatrician and determine what medications they can take for specific symptoms and what the accurate dosage is for your child. It is usually best to gauge the dosage by weight not age so be sure that your child's doctor has an accurate weight on hand. Be sure that you child's prescription medications can be given with the over the counter cold remedies.
Fever can be one of the main complaints in dealing with sick children. They can also make your little one feel miserable by causing body aches and pains. Low grade fevers can be a good thing because they help the body fight off the invading illness. If the fever is high or causing symptoms then it might be time to treat it.
Most physicians will recommend either acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) to reduce fever. If your child has an especially sensitive tummy ibuprofen can be hard on it. Make sure your child has food on their stomach before giving ibuprofen or stick with acetaminophen.
There are a ton of over the counter medications and it can be really hard to know which ones you can give and what medication interacts with another. Decongestants, antihistamines and expectorants can all help when dealing with a cold or the flu. Check with your child's doctor to determine which ones are safe for your child's age and preexisting medication schedule. Have the safe cold medications on hand so you avoid purchasing something by mistake in haste.
Be careful when giving combination medications. It can be really easy to give too much medication when you give a fever reducer with a combination cold medication. Read labels vigilantly! Overdosing on acetaminophen can be deadly.
Write down the times that you give medications so that you don't accidentally give your child's cold medication too frequently. It can also help you to keep your child's normal medications right on schedule. With a little planning you can negotiate cold and flu season with ease.
Published On: December 02, 2010