Has Flu Season Hit Your House? Here's How to Make Your Sick Kid Feel Better Without Medicine

Cold medicines aren't safe for kids under 6, but these doctor-approved tips will help soothe your child's symptoms (14 Photos)

Cynthia Ramnarace on Nov 21, 2011 at 9:50AM

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a Cynthia Ramnarace on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:31AM

“Nobody feels like eating when they’re drowning in mucus,” says Dr. Jana. So don’t worry if your child isn’t eating as much solid food as normal. But do worry about how much they’re drinking. The smaller a child is, the faster he can become dehydrated, which can cause the body to go into shock. So with infants, try to get them to take breastmilk or formula as soon as you know their airway is clear, like after a warm bath or shower. With older children, ice pops and Pedialyte can keep them hydrated. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, a sunken “soft spot” on a baby’s head, fewer wet diapers or trips to the bathroom than normal, extreme fussiness or sleepiness, sunken eyes, cool and discolored hands and feet, and wrinkled skin.

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