School starts and colds start almost simultaneously. It even amazes me to see kids with their first cold of the season within 15 minutes of starting school, whether it is Mother’s Day Out or high school, it affects every age.
The worst part of a having a cold is knowing that it is going to last seven to 10 days, no matter what you do. The old adage of rest, fluids and nasal irrigation is still the mainstay of treatment. Remember that over the counter cough and cold medicines are not recommended for use in children under the age of 2 and really are not very effective in the overall scheme of things.
There has been some renewed interest in zinc and reduction of symptoms and decreased duration of colds so stay tuned for more info on that. In the meantime, keep up hand washing and good cough hygiene to try and prevent getting one of the first colds of the season.
That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat tomorrow!