xl has had the common cold twice, this year, and winter is only about to begin! I constantly sing praises to the Purity Pedia Kid’s range but this winter I am even more grateful for it, as it truly is a range that is designed with your kid’s in mind. Right from the bright coloured packaging, plastic tubes to their gentle formulas that are safe for use all year long.
This year, my saving grace is their Vapour Gel – did you know that Vicks isn’t safe for kids under the age of 12? That’s pretty insane, especially as everyone’s go-to for a blocked nose, scratchy throat and tight chest is an automatic vicks-fix. So the clever folk at Purity designed a gel that is gentle enough for kids but is still just as effective (it even clears mom’s airways!) I have been up for hours at a time, because Axe can’t breathe, so he can’t drink (which is, of course, his greatest comfort) we rub some vapour gel on his chest and on his feet before putting on socks, and he is good to go for the night.
So what is the Common Cold? The team at Purity have given us the low-down on what to look out for, how to treat it and when to get to the doc.
Beating the Common Cold
Over 200 viruses can cause a cold; hence it is called the “common cold”. Colds are caused by a group of viruses with the Rhino virus being the most common. These viruses have the ability to change, making it difficult to build 100% immunity. Children average 3 to 8 colds per year and they will continue getting them throughout childhood. Colds can occur year-round, but they mostly occur in the winter.
The 3 most frequent symptoms of a cold are: Nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Young children also often run a fever. Depending on which virus is causing the symptoms, the virus may also cause the following:
- Sore throat and/or Cough
- Decreased appetite
- Muscle Ache
- Post nasal drip
- Blocked and runny nose (clear, watery and profuse discharge)
- Watery eyes
- Symptoms start two days after contact with the virus and most colds last 7-14 days.
How does the virus spread?
Sneezing, nose-blowing, and nose-wiping spread the virus and one can catch a cold by inhaling the virus if sitting close to someone who sneezes, or by touching your nose, eyes, or mouth after you have touched something contaminated by the virus. You cannot catch colds because of not wearing shoes or running around outside in the evening!
How to treat symptoms?
- Use a cream or petroleum jelly under the nose to help with chafing.
- Use Nasal Drops to soften the mucous
- Cough syrups can be helpful.
- Vapour gel on the chest and back can give relief to blocked noses
- Throat Pops help soothe sore throats
How do I treat common colds?
Antibiotics do not kill viruses. Syrups containing antihistamines to lessen the mucous production should be used sparingly. Viruses are fought by the body’s own immune system. Boost your little ones’ immune system with adequate nutrition and Vitamin & Mineral supplements. Give your little one lots of fluids. Treat the fever with Paracetamol. Never use Aspirin (Salicylates) for fever in young children as it can lead to Reyes Syndrome and death in susceptible children!
How to prevent spreading the cold virus?
- Wash hands frequently
- Cough/sneeze into a tissue and not hands
- Discard used tissues
When to seek medical attention?
- If breathing difficulties develop
- High fever – if your little one’s temperature is higher than 38C and is not responding to efforts to bring it down
- High fever – consistently over 39C or lasts longer than 2 days
- Ear infection with severe pain
- Very sore throat, smelly breath and yellow pussy discharge from the nose
- If symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 to 10 days
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