Colds & Sore Throats in Babies & Children

Colds & Sore Throats in Babies

Colds are incredibly common for children and it would be no surprise for them to have 8 or more colds in a year. Children gradually build up immunity to the hundreds of different cold viruses that are around with each one typically lasting for 5 to 7 days.

Children under the age of 6 are not advised to take over-the-counter cough and cold remedies especially decongestants unless advised by a doctor or pharmacist. However, you can make life more comfortable for your little one by following our handy guide.

  • Drink plenty of fluids

Ensuring your child stays hydrated is key to recovery

  • Saline nose drops can be useful

Saline drops are available for all children and can be helpful in clearing a stuffy nose or dried snot

  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen can help

If your child has a fever, pain or discomfort then medication can help improve symptoms however make sure you check with a pharmacist or GP first and read the label carefully.

  • Wash your hands

Encouraging your child and family to wash your hands regularly will help reduce the likelihood of spreading the cold.

A sore throat can leave your child in a lot of pain. In most cases it is caused by a virus and your child should get better in seven to ten days, however, there are some options to relieve the pain until it has passed.

  1. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can help relieve pain, but always follow the instructions carefully
  2. Keep your child hydrated with frequent sips of fluid but children should not gargle warm, salty water.
  3. Difflam Spray treats local pain and inflammation (swelling) of the mouth and throat. It contains the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) benzydamine hydrochloride and is used to treat many painful conditions. It can be used by children of any age but follow the instructions carefully.