Caring For Kids With the Common Cold

The common cold or an upper respiratory infection is one of the most common childhood illnesses diagnosed every year. Learn the symptoms, how to treat, and prevention tips from CareNectar expert Crystal Morgan.

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The common cold is one of the most prevalent health conditions diagnosed among children every year. In fact, children ages 6 and younger are diagnosed more frequently with symptoms of the common cold that last much longer than what is seen in adults. And for this age group, it is not uncommon for children to have approximately 6 to 8 colds per year, compared to adults who have 1 to 2 per year.

When your child has a cold, it’s rather disruptive to your daily life. Symptoms can cause an increase in outpatient visits with your health care provider, and are responsible for your child's absence from school as well as your absence from work. With this activity, you’ll learn what symptoms to watch out for, tips for preventing the common cold, and techniques for treating your child. It isn’t any fun seeing the children in our care sick and miserable, and CareNectar = is here to help you.

Who It's For

Parents with young children diagnosed with the common cold or an upper respiratory infection.

Why It Empowers

This activity empowers parents and caregivers by providing tips for preventing the common cold and helping manage systems if diagnosed. By engaging in this learning activity, parents will have the confidence they are providing the best care for their children when they're down with the common cold.

What's Needed

  • Saline nasal spray
  • Over-the-counter medications (under the direction of your health care provider)
  • Fluids (ex. water, juice, soup broth, electrolyte popsicles or drinks)
  • Cool mist humidifier
  • 15 minutes of time
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    Meet The Expert

    Crystal Morgan

    Crystal is a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn Nursery. She is passionate about all things related to women’s health and maternal child including breastfeeding education and support, and health and wellness promotion. Learn more and contact her at: toughtittylactation.com