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Health Tip: Skip the Cold Medicine Before Age 4

Here's what you can offer instead

(HealthDay News) -- Parents want to do whatever they can to ease a child's cold symptoms, but cough and cold medicines aren't recommended for children under age 4.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these alternatives to ease a young child's cough and cold symptoms:

  • Encourage your child to get lots of rest.
  • Offer the child plenty of fluids.
  • Use saline nose drops to ease stuffiness.
  • Run a cool-mist humidifier in your child's room at night.
  • Steam up the bathroom with a hot shower, letting your child sit outside the stall while the shower runs.
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