COLDS AND FLU

Cold or Flu Ė the symptoms are similar; both are caused by viruses and must run their course. The best treatment available is symptom relief.

COLD SYMPTOMS FLU SYMPTOMS
* Irritability
* Red Eyes
* Restlessness
* Sore Throat
* Sneezing
* Dry Cough
* Runny Nose
* Lasts 4 to 10 days
* Cold Symptoms
*Chills
* Severe Headache
* Muscle Aches
* Abrupt Onset of Fever for 2 to 5 days
* Diarrhea
* Extreme Fatigue
* Pain or Burning Sensation when Moving the eyes
* A dry, hacking cough lasting one to two weeks

Call the doctor if...

The fever remains at 104 degrees Fare. or higher or persists for more than 3 days
The glands in the neck become swollen
*  A whitish coating can be seen on the tonsils or throat
* Nasal discharge becomes colored (yellow or greenish) after five days of a cold or   remains colored after seven to 10 days
Your child experiences a persistent earache, cough, chest pain or sinus pain
*  Symptoms get better and then worsen again
*  Your child has a severe headache with a stiff neck, fever, nausea and vomiting
A skin rash appears
*  One or both eyes become red, and a yellow pasty discharge holds the eyelids together
*  Your child experiences rapid or difficult breathing

Symptom Relief

*  Help your child get plenty of rest
*  Offer plenty of liquids
*  Run a cool-mist humidifier in the room where your child sleeps
Limit milk, cheese and other dairy products for a few days
*  Have your child thoroughly wash his hands frequently
*  Give your child acetaminophen every 4-6 hours for fever and muscle    aches. Donít give aspirin to children under 18 years of age unless directed  by their doctor
*  Avoid cold remedies that do everything at once. Treat a stuffy nose with a decongestant; treat a cough with cough medicine, etc.
*  Dry, hacking coughs respond to honey in hot water, tea or lemon juice. (Exception: Never give honey to a child under 1 year of age).
To relieve nasal congestion, use nose drops. You can make your own by mixing one half-teaspoon of salt with one cup of lukewarm water. One or two drops in each nostril while the child is lying on his back followed by blowing the nose will help congestion

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