Who of the parents did not survive a cold in their child? Probably then you wondered: is it a cold or the flu? Today we will tell you how to distinguish between these two diseases. You are probably wondering what effective home remedies are for relieving symptoms. We will show you a number of scientifically proven methods of dealing with the common cold. They will make your baby go through the infection gently.
A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that affects the nose and throat. Viruses are the cause. Symptoms appear gradually, mildly. People suffering from colds more often have:
Sometimes, during a cold (also in a child), you feel tired. Fever and chills and headache are unusual for colds.
A cold or the flu? Well, flu is harder than a cold, and the onset is usually violent. But that's just the beginning of the differences. More often than a cold, flu is manifested by:
The mainstays of treating colds in children are:
Now let's focus on home remedies: ointments with essential oils and honey. In the next paragraph you will learn what foods and liquids to give your baby.
Ointments with essential oils (camphor, menthol and eucalyptus) have a positive effect in several ways:
A saline solution (also with hyaluronic acid) is also great for inhalation. Properly performed nebulization / inhalation is a guaranteed relief for the child (and adults) - get to know our Nebu-Dose series now.
Honey will significantly reduce the severity of cold symptoms in a child. It reduces the frequency and intensity of cough. In what amounts should it be administered?
Even a single administration of this amount of honey will bring relief to the child. A good combination is cooled water, honey and lemon.
Unfortunately, we don't have good news here.
Vitamin C does not prevent catching a cold. However, at a dose of 1-2 grams a day, it reduces the duration of symptoms by 1-2 days. It does not have this effect once symptoms have appeared.
There is some truth in the proposition that a cold lasts for 7 days (7 to 10 days to be exact) if treated and untreated. However, cold symptoms can be significantly relieved. Weapons against fever in children include paracetamol and ibuprofen. You can fight a runny nose and cough by inhalation. Honey and n-acetylcysteine will effectively ease the cough, and irrigations will help unblock your toddler's nose.
 CDC. Cold versus Flu. Questions & Answers. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm
 Treatment of the common cold Katharine C. DeGeorge, Daniel J. Ring, Sarah N. Dalrymple American Family Physician, 2019; 100 (5): 281–289
 Mayo Clinic. Common cold. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351611