Coughs & colds

Not usually serious


You will probably find when your child goes to playgroup or nursery that they get lots of coughs, colds and sniffles.

Children often cough when they have a cold because mucus trickles down their throat. It can be upsetting to hear, but coughing helps clear away phlegm from the chest or throat.

There is no cure for a cold or flu. It is normal for a child to have eight or more colds a year. There are some good things about this though as it helps the body build up a natural immune system.

Most bugs will run their course without doing any real harm because they will get better on their own, however there are things you can do at home to help:

  • Give your child lots to drink.
  • Try liquid Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (not Aspirin) if distressed.
  • Keep them away from smoke, do not let people smoke at home, around your child or come into contact with your child if they have recently smoked.
  • Keep calm - a cuddle goes a long way.
  • Talk to your Pharmacist but remember that coughing is the body's way of keeping the lungs clear.

If your baby is under three months, or you are concerned, contact your GP.

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