Comforting tips for Kids during Cold and Flu Season

October 23rd, 2014
by Jennifer Mitchell, Kidz Klub Director

We all know that during cold and flu season, it is essential to ward off germs. we do this by washing our hands properly, covering our nose and mouth when we sneeze or cough and staying home, once we’ve been infected with a virus.
Here are some tips to help kids feel better once they are already symptomatic.

Helping Kids Feel Better
Here are some feel-better tips:
• Bring on the heat. Hot drinks soothe coughs and sore throats while also clearing mucus. So eat (or drink) your chicken soup!
• Get steamed up. A steamy shower helps stuffy or irritated noses. Or run a humidifier (a small, quiet machine that sprays fine cool mist in the air) to relieve your scratchy throat and stuffy nose. Humidifiers make room air moist, which loosens mucus.
• Practice healthy habits. Your immune system will be ready to fight colds if you eat a balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, and keep your body fit through regular exercise.
• Blow your horn. Blowing your nose is the best way to get rid of mucus.
• Rest. Take a nap or go to bed a little earlier for a few nights.
• De-stress. Kids who are stressed out feel worse when they have colds. Relax and use the time to read, listen to music, or watch a movie. In other words, chill out and you might prevent a cold!

Source:KidsHealth.org
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2014
Originally reviewed by: Kevin P. Sheahan, MD