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Top Tips To Help Soothe Your Child’s Cough This Winter

Coughs and colds amongst children can still be a common problem. So what can we do to help relieve children over 12 months from the symptoms of a mild cough at home? Try these helpful tips..

If your child has a cough during the winter months you are not alone. Fortunately it’s been a relatively mild British winter so far (apart from the recent cold snap!) but coughs and colds amongst children can still be a common problem.

Coughs and colds are often linked as coughs can develop from a cold when mucus trickles down the back of the throat causing irritation and coughing.

Coughs are one of the most common symptoms of childhood illness[i]. In fact it can be normal for a child to have 8 or more colds a year! Whilst this seems incredibly high, it’s because young children have no immunity to any viruses as they’ve never had them before but gradually they will build up immunity and get fewer colds[ii].

So what can we do to help relieve children over 12 months from the symptoms of a mild cough at home?

Try these helpful tips:

  • Make sure the room that your child sleeps in is a comfortable temperature - you don’t want them getting either too hot or too cold.
  • Try some steam therapy by sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower running. Your little one breathing in the steam will help clear airways. Always make sure that you take care around hot water.
  • Keep your baby/child upright for periods of time to help move mucus.
  • Try using a humidifier to help soften the air in the room.
  • Try to help your child get lots of rest to recover.
  • Increase, or at least keep up, their fluids.
  • Give your little one lots and lots of cuddles to encouraging smiling and positivity.
  • If symptoms worsen or persist or if you are concerned about your children’s symptoms seek help from your doctor.

* If you are concerned about any symptoms that your baby may have in particular if they have a fever please consult your doctor.

[i] http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/eyes/childs_cough.html

[ii] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/coughs-colds-ear-infections.aspx#close

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