We all know that there isn’t much worse than a sick kid, or kids in some cases. However, we can take a proactive approach and try to have our ducks in a row so to speak, so we can make our kid(s) better as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for caring for your child when cold and flu season hits!
It’s not always easy to determine if your child has a cold or the flu because the flu can mimic a cold when it first begins. The first step is to always get your child a flu shot before the season hits so that they will be protected. The earlier the better because it takes 2 weeks for the effects of the shot to work.
A cold is often accompanied by a runny nose, cough, fevers, and sore throats.
If it is the flu they can also have a sore throat and cough, but they also complain of muscle aches, and are more fatigued.
If you aren’t sure what they have a visit to your Doctor will help you out, but often times colds and flus have to just run their course. But if the fever is higher than 101, I always take them in.
There’s a checklist you can use to help care for your child when he’s sick with a cold or flu. Just remember to make sure they are taking some sort of fever reducer, staying hydrated, and getting lots of rest. Those three things alone often help speed up the healing process more than anything!!
My Grandma always told us feed a cold and starve the flu. Whether or not that works or not is a matter of opinion but one thing is for sure I still use it today!
What are some of your helpful hints for curing a cold or the flu?