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What do you do when your kids have a cold?

What medications or home remedies do you use when your kids have a cold?


Asked by jnsdrf at 11:33 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • When my son has a cold, I give him a bath right before bed, put children's vicks on his back and chest and run a cool mist humidifier in his room. He seems to sleep better.

    Answer by MomMom23 at 11:34 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • My child isn't here yet but my mom always gave us robitussin, cough drops and warm baths with plenty of steam, then ran a humidifier in our rooms when we slept. Now you can get the humidifiers w/ the vicks medicine in them too.

    Answer by Skipo510 at 11:36 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • My daughter is only 4, so cold medicines are not recommended for her, so I never buy any OTC cold medicine for her. So what I do is give her a 1/2 tsp of Clairitin (recommended by Ped) and run the cool-mist humidifier in her room at night. Thankfully this normally calms it down...although I have had to visit the Pediatrician for a prescription before.

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 11:47 PM on Oct. 19, 2010

  • i usually take him to the doctor and do what they recommend which is plenty of fluids to stay hydrated , take temperature to make sure its not too high and the normal old fashioned remedies

    Answer by toybar02 at 3:27 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Hasn't it been said Vicks is bad for kids? Or is it just babies?
    Anyway, I keep him hydrated, use a decongestant I get from the ped,
    and lots of cuddling and toon-toons.

    Answer by LadyCash at 1:32 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I was giving a cough and cold from the doctor, Thats what we use.

    Answer by kileighsmommie at 8:41 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

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