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VIRAL INFECTION: Tips and remedies to treat infection among children

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As per the paediatric experts, antibiotics won’t help when it comes to treat viral infection among children, below the age of 2 years. Catching cold and flu infection is very common these days, due to particles spreading in the air. However, there are some home remedies that can help your child feel better while their immune system is battling with the virus.

As per the data, kids can get cold infection eight times or more than it, in one season. That is why parents take their child to the doctor often, especially in these Covid times, where viral infection can be misjudged as Covid-19 due to ‘fever’ as common symptom for both the infections.

A tickle in the throat, or a runny nose, and sneezing often is the first symptom of cold in infants. Even during this time, they face mild fever, sore throat, irritation and loss of appetite.

The reason for spreading the infection is the frequent touching of the mouth or nose after touching contaminated particles. Most of its cold symptoms stay for 2-3 days or one week as it depends on the person and its immunity system.

Here are few preventive methods of getting infected from cold:

  • Staying away from those who have a cold
  • Avoid smoking someone else’s cigarette
  • Wash your hands well and especially after blowing your noses
  • Try to sneeze or cough into a tissue rather than on the hand.
  • Do not share towels, crockery, or food with someone who has a viral infection
  • Don’t pick up other people’s used tissues
  • Young kids are likely to put hands and fingers in their noses and mouths which need to be taken care of.
  • Household cleaning is a basic requirement that keeps germs away from you and your kids.

 

Here are 6 home remedies that can treat cold infection in children:

  • Put salt water drops in the nostrils to relieve nasal congestion.
  • A cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture.
  • Pat petroleum jelly on the skin under the nose to ease.
  • Cough drops to relieve sore throat for kids older than 6. And if below 6 then try to give honey to your child which is a natural remedy.
  • Give a warm bath or use a heating pad to soothe aches and pains.
  • Create a steam-filled room where your child can sit to help clear stuffiness.

 

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