Cold Season is Back

Why is it I love Indian summer? Right now my whole family is in various stages of a cold. I feel like we have been through this whole thing before, but here we are sick again.

Colds are extremely contagious (through sneezes, touches or coughs from another person), your child will most likely get one when in contact with other infected kids or family members.

Symptoms:

  • Runny nose that lasts 5 to 7 days
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Wet or dry cough that lasts about a week
  • Possible low-grade fever
  • Scratchy throat
  • Symptoms usually last for one to two weeks

Treatment: Medication can’t cure a cold, but it can help your child feel better. Try an over-the-counter cough suppressant, decongestant, antihistamine or other children’s cold medication. Have the whole family wash their hands frequently to avoid spreading germs. Be sure your children drink lots of water and juice to keep hydrated.

Remember to check with your doctor before giving a child any type of medication. If the symptoms are getting worse, interfere with daily activities, are accompanied by a fever, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or last longer than two weeks, it’s time to have the doctor take a closer look.

But most of all, make some soup! Need a good soup recipe?

Try this chicken soup and rice recipe inspired by Maurice Sendak or if you have no time, then buy some soup and serve it up in her favorite bowl.

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