Thursday, May 23, 2013
Fast Cold and Flu Recovery for Kids
Keeping children hydrated while sick is key to recovery, regardless of whether it's a cold or flu. Of course, that's easier said than done when the child's throat is sore. Stick with cool or warm liquids - whichever your child prefers. Good hydrators that are cool include popsicles, watered-down juice or electrolyte replacement solutions, such as Pedialyte, which are particularly important for rehydration if the child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea. Good warm liquids include broths and soups or herbal teas. Liquids also have the added benefit of thinning mucus, helping cold-afflicted kids breathe better. Use a humidifier to make kids more comfortable at night, and offer water-based foods like fruit when the child feels up to it. For a flu-stricken child, rest is particularly important. Be sure that a child with a fever in particular doesn't get overheated in playing. Quiet time, fluids and a little TLC will go a long way in getting your child back on her feet.