Saddled with a Cold? What to do…
I would have written sooner but I wasn’t feeling up to it. I have a bad cold.
Of course, it didn’t start out that way—my husband had a cold and I was fine. Like any skilled cold avoider, I was pistol packing Lysol in one hand and Fabreeze in the other, spraying everything in sight—doorknobs, sheets…my husband. But I didn’t stop there- I was taking the awful tasting GrapeFruit Seed Extract, some green powdered amalgam called Green Vibrance, taking lots of vitamins, and drinking juice—which I don’t typically do. So how could I possibly have gotten sick, you ask? Well, it would have been a mystery to me to if I hadn’t woken up in the middle of the night with my husband’s face breathing infected air nearly directly into my nasal passage ways as his head was only an inch and ½ from mine. So much for the Lysol.
Back to Sneezin’ Season!
- Usually develop 2-5 days after exposed to someone else who kindly shared their cold with you. (My husband got the cold on Friday and I got it on Monday…yup, it was him.)
- May include: Fever, runny or stuffy nose (yes to both), sneezing (yes), sore throat (at times), cough (yup), headache (yes to that too), and muscle aches (certainly!).
- Mucus: Likely starts off clear then turns green or yellow after 2-3 days (let’s not even go there).
- Symptoms usually get worse over the first 3-5 days and then slowly disappear over the next 10-14 days. (What ever happened to only 7 days?)
Treating a Cold
- I always went for homemade chicken noodle soup—which I made last week for my husband but pretty much ran out by the time I got his cold.
- It’s not a bacterial infection, so antibiotics won’t work. Taking them is pointless unless you or your child has an ear or sinus infection.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you or your child: Take in extra fluids, use a cold humidifier, and rest a lot—well, if you can—which most of you probably can’t…but we can dream, can’t we?
- You may want to get a bulb syringe or saline nasal drops to clear nasal passageways for young kids who don’t “get” the whole idea of blowing their nose yet.
- Some say that over-the-counter meds might help ease symptoms like fever, congestion, and cough. However, the FDA says that these medications don’t work for children under 6 and more studies are needed to be certain of their effects. There is also concern that it’s easy to give your children an overdose of cold medications. While there has been a public outcry about overdosing, it’s still happening.
- Zinc lozenges should not be used by children because they’re not often tolerated well and haven’t been shown to be helpful in children.
- Some are turning to natural remedies like honey. I actually purchased a special kind of honey today, which is said to have many antibiotic and medicinal properties. Wish me luck!
- Consult your pediatrician for more information for your child.
What are your cold remedies??? Please share!
Have a wonderful weekend-