What you should NOT give to your little child when he is cool?
Colds are a seasonal disease that is not treated with drugs, but these can relieve the symptoms of the disease. Usually, the administration of warm liquids, some natural methods of getting rid of the nose, some vitamin C and rest are the ones that give the best results. However, there are a number of remedies that you should NOT give in any form to the child.
Do not give aspirin to a child under 12! There is an increased risk of Reye syndrome. It is a disease that has serious effects on the brain (coma, delirium); In addition, a careful analysis of the liver showed fat accumulation (or a high level of liver enzymes in the blood). It affects children between the ages of 4 and 16 and generally occurs during epidemics (in winter) or after a flu.
It is true that sometimes what appeared to be a simple cold turns into a flu if the baby's immune system is weakened and allows the rapid contracting of an influenza virus.
Even if he has a fever or coughs very hard, he never gives him antibiotics. Viral etiology infections are not treated with antibiotics.
Studies show, however, that more and more parents are administering antibiotics to children at the slightest health problem and thus risk their health. They weaken the immune system and determine the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, which makes it difficult to treat certain diseases that even treat them.
Some parents choose to give children antihistamines to clear the child's nasal passages, but they are useless in colds. Limit yourself to saline drops or other natural solutions to decongest sinuses or nasal passages.
Any cold medicine, without a prescription
The drug market is rich in offers of cold and flu medicines for children. No matter how tempting you are, avoid administering colds to children under 4 without medical approval.
Specialists have found from studies that many very young children reach the emergency hospital due to incorrect administration of colds and coughs. Parents often have the tendency to mistake the specific age dose, to make dangerous combinations of drug substances or to overdose the child.
Some decongestants containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are contraindicated in children. These have side effects such as: acceleration of heartbeat, increased tension and agitation.
Also, decongestants based on active substances can addictive, which is why it is not advisable to use them long term or regularly in children. Limit yourself to saline drops, the use of a humidifier and other such methods to clear the airways of the child.
Cough syrups / cough medicines
Any herbal syrup does not contain sodium benzoate which has a carcinogenic effect. In addition, plant syrups are forbidden to children under 1 year.
Also, some antitussives for children contain codeine, a substance not recommended for children under 7 years, because there is a risk of respiratory arrest and it also has an inhibitory effect on brain activity.
In addition, in the case of colds it is unlikely to cough or even if it does not cause problems so big.
Fractions with carmol, spirit or eucalyptus solutions in babies
These are some of the most popular cures for treating colds. Most parents resort to rubbing the chest and back of their children with these solutions. Helps nasal decongestion. But it is a dangerous remedy for babies, because inhalation of vapors of these substances can cause eye burns and even alcohol coma.
Any kind of medicine you are going to give to the child must first make sure that you have medical approval. It is the safest for the baby's health. Asadarm at the first symptoms of cold you go to the pediatrician and ask for advice on the best ways to improve its symptoms and what to do in case of complications.
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