Learn about Kids Cold Season and Nasal Congestion
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Many parents have traditionally relied on over-the-counter medications to help relieve their child’s nasal congestion. But this is the first season since Health Canada ordered the relabeling of many of these products. How to adopt a back-to-basics approach when caring for a sick child.

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Female Speaker: When a child has a nasal congestion, moms and doctors agree that plenty of rest is often the best medicine, however that seems stuffy nose often prevents children from getting the sleep they need. In fact 76% of parents say nasal congestion is the primary culprit behind their child sleep disturbances and research has found that it can cause kids to loose up two hours of sleep at night and the impact is fell throughout the family with parents waking up on average three times at night to help mange there child’s symptoms. Nathalie Riback: The kids catch cold at school often and they get congested, so when they come home the noses are stuffed up at night they can’t breathe and they can’t sleep. So, they are up all night and we are up all night. In the next morning we are just all exhausted and they have to miss school the next day, we have to miss work and it’s just a downward spiral from there. Female Speaker: Many parents have traditionally relied on over-the-counter medications to help relieve their child’s nasal congestion but this is the first season since Health Canada ordered the relabeling of many of these products, parents will find that some medications for kids five and under are no longer available and more dosing precautions exist for kids 6 to 12. Dr. Cheryl Mutch is a pediatrician. Cheryl Mutch: It’s important to read the labels of these over-the-counter de congestions carefully. There have been some changing in the labeling of these medications some according to Health Canada and it’s also important that parents realize that with these medications there is always the potential for side effects and even overdose if the instructions are not followed carefully. I recommend drug-free remedies because they can be very effective in relieving nasal congestion for kids. Female Speaker: Although these over-the-counter medication labeling changes may be confusing. Doctor Cheryl Mutch recommends parents go back to the basics, when caring for a sick child. Cheryl Mutch: To help kids feel better, the most important thing is to make sure they got lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. One of the things that can help our nasal strips like Breathe Right Kids that can help increase air flow through the nose while the child asleep. Other drug-free solutions could be using a cool air humidifier or offering the child warm liquids to help loosen up congestion. Female Speaker: The ABCD’s or back to basics carries a simple way to remember drug-free steps to mange symptoms. They include A for air flow, relief congestion and improve air flow by trying a cool mist humidifier in the bed room, sleeping in an elevated position or wearing kids nasal strips. B for a better sleep; get extra rest to strengthen the immune system. C for comfort; take simple steps like drinking warm liquids to help loosing nasal and chest congestion and D for doctor’s advice, talk to your doctor if your child symptoms are severe or if they are feeling sicker each passing day. For more information on drug-free alternatives for dealing with children’s cold symptoms speak with your doctor. Sherry Damatarca reporting.