Cold And Flu Medications Found To Be Ineffective For Children

December 3, 2018

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This is not what you want to hear as we enter the cold and flu season, but there is very little you can do to help you cope. A recent report in the British Medical journal claims that over-the-counter medications that proclaim to alleviate cold and flu symptoms are largely found to be ineffective. Even worse is for children under age 6, cough and cold medications can do more harm than good. According to the report, the only potentially beneficial treatment for children is a simple saline nasal irrigation. All other medications, including decongestants, cough suppressant rubs, antihistamines and probiotics, showed no clear evidence of effect. So, when it comes to battling the common cold (or helping our kids battle it), the best advice doctors can offer is to buckle in and try to get as comfortable as possible. Parents can help comfort their children without giving medications offering plenty of fluids to keep children well hydrated, and honey for a cough in children over a year old (no honey for babies under a year because of the risk of botulism). Other measures may include ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever and saline nose drops for congestion. The Mayo Clinic also recommends a saltwater gargle for adults and kids who have a sore throat and are old enough to pull it off (likely over age 6), pain relievers and running a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice, may also feel soothing. As always, check with your doctor and your child's pediatrician about the best way you should handle cold and flu as they know you best.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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