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How can I Treat the Common Cold?

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

Cold symptoms typically consist of low-grade fever, nasal congestion or runny nose, and a slight cough.

You should always remember that you have acetaminophen and ibuprofen at your disposal to manage fever or discomfort. In addition, nasal saline is available in drops and spray that can be used with or without a gentle nasal suction in the tiniest babies.

In places that are cool and dry, particularly in the winter months, a cool-mist humidifier can also be helpful for relieving nasal congestion.

Never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep, chicken soup, and some loving arms.

Cold symptoms can last seven to 14 days, but if they seem out of the ordinary or your child is experiencing them in a more severe way than you are comfortable with, it’s always a good idea to ask your pediatrician their opinion for a good physical exam.

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