These are mainly for children, but adults can benefit in these tips as well. You won't be able to take away all your flu symptoms, but you can alleviate some of them. Here's how.
If you child is really miserable because of aches and fever, acetaminophen is the treatment of choice. Fever mobilizes the immune system. And the reaction it creates helps ensure that you will lie down a take it easy for a while.
A cool-mist vaporizer placed near your child's bed can help make nasal secretions more free-flowing so you child breaths more comfortably. Be sure to clean the vaporizer often, these machines tend to collect mold and bacteria, which can get sprayed into the air.
You can give a non-prescription cough syrup containing dectromethorphan, a cough suppressant. Don't try to suppress the cough around the clock, though. A cough provides a useful function by helping to clear the lungs of bacteria and debris. So treat is only when it is preventing your child from getting some much needed rest.
Children's taste buds are more sensitive than adults. So when they are ill, they tend to want really bland things without a lot of flavor or odor. Try flat or diluted rather than full-strength apple juice. You may also try a hot lemonade with honey, thus this will be soothing to the throat.
When he's feeling bad, your child will appreciate having some special attention from you. Sit down and play a quiet game together, or read a book, sing or cuddle your child so he may find comfort in knowing that you love a care for him.
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