sick kidIt’s that time of year, when lots of kids are feeling sick. What do you do when it’s a virus? Although viruses generally run their course in under a week, those days and nights with a sick child can be miserable.

So, what can you do to make them feel better as their bodies fight infection?

  • The doctors at Eugene Pediatric Associates often recommend ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) for pain, swelling and fever if your child is 6 months of age or older. Check our website for dosing of ibuprofen.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) also works for fever and can be used in babies older than 1 month. Check our website for dosing of acetaminophen.
  • Cough medicines don’t work and are often dangerous for kids. Please don’t use them!
  • Vicks Vaporub, when you rub them on the chest before bedtime, has been scientifically shown to alleviate coughing.
  • Honey in warm water can also ease coughs, but do not give to children under 1 year of age.
  • Saline nose drops or sprays can break up mucus in the nose. Don’t suction it out, just lay your child on his back and drop it into each nostril, and let him sniff and swallow to clear his nose.
  • Provide plenty of fluids! Keeping your child hydrated will help her mobilize the congestion and maintain her energy while fighting fevers and other symptoms.

Remember, if your child appears sicker than what’s seems normal, or if he starts to get better then gets suddenly worse, or if you have other concerns, we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us.