Is is normal for your kids to be down with cold, flu or fever at least once a month? Do they have to stay in their kindy and then nursery during the weekdays? Do you always worry about their condition when they are down with flu, cold or cough? How many of you realize that it's better not to give any cold, cough or flu medications for children under 6 years old?
I know I just asked too many questions. But today I want to share what I just found out. Well......maybe some of you already know about this. Health Canada is warning parents not to give the over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to kids under the age of 6. Here are the excerpt from the article that I read:
"Cough and cold medicines offer only temporary relief of symptoms such as runny nose, cough, or nasal congestion," says the release. "Symptoms can also be managed using a variety of non-medicinal measures such as adequate rest, increased fluid intake and a comfortable environment with adequate humidity."
(to read more, click on HERE)
Both my daughters (age 3 years 7 months and 6) are frequently down with cold, cough or flu. These sickness which come from viruses, are hard to be cured as viruses are getting so advance and keep changing. They are still in the stage where they need to build up their immune system. In a simple way of explanation, this condition is like a house that as been equipped with the-state-of-art security system but still any clever or more advance robbers can always find their way to break in the house.
So, what I normally do:
- to take 2 teaspoons of honey, squeeze some lemons in a warm water and give them the drink.
- apply VICKS Vaporub on their chests and backs.
- give them plenty of fluid (can be water, warm milk or any drink they prefer)
- switch off the fan when they go to bed at night.
- avoid from giving any cold drinks or ice cream until they are better.