So many children (and their parents) have colds now. Colds are often accompanied by fever and can make you feel really awful. Are you staring at the medicine display in the pharmacy, wondering which of the many cold medicines on the shelf will best help your ill child? How we wish we had a terrific medication recommendation for treatment of a kid’s cold. Unfortunately, we do not and antibiotics-as powerful as they can be at killing bacteria- do not cure colds, which are caused by viruses. Watching your child suffer from a cold is tough but why give something that doesn’t help her get better and has potential side effects? The safety and effectiveness of cough and cold medicine has never been fully demonstrated in children, so you can ignore this shelf in the stores.

Instead, treat the symptoms- here are some tips below to help your child feel better soon:

Fortunately, when your kids have a cold, unlike you, they can take as many naps as they want!

-Sarah Caudle, PA-C