Early School Health Radio Shows — 15 October 2013
Cold & Flu Medicines

A few tips on how to treat and not treat your child’s cold or flu virus.

Cold and Flu Medicines

With autumn here, children are spending a lot more time indoors, and that means those cold and flu viruses have a better chance of spreading.  When your kid becomes ill, it’s tempting to treat them with over-the-counter cough, cold and flu remedies. But Dr. Bruce Minnes, ER Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children says not only can they be dangerous for children under six , they’re not all that effective. “Their use in managing children’s coughs and colds, or flues and other viral elated symptoms has never been proven and so for the most part they are not necessary. Most comfort measures that involve making sure the child is getting enough liquids, has a humidifier in their environment to help with the dry sore throat or nose, and quite often just simple things like honey to manage cough are all that is really necessary, Cough and cold medicines can have their side effects and there is really no benefit to them.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Bruce Minnes, ER Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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