Kids Cold & Flu

Help them get better fast!

Try These Tips

Natural remedies for kids

  • Have your child sit upright to help them breathe more easily.
  • Use saline nasal drops and a bulb syringe to help remove trapped mucus.
  • Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a vaporizer to loosen nasal congestion.
  • Make sure your child is getting plenty of rest.
  • Have your child drink lots of water and juices with vitamin C.
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Teach Your Kids

How to blow your nose

Sniffing mucus back in leads to nasal congestion and blowing too hard can cause an earache by sending germ-carrying phlegm into ear passages. The best way to blow your nose is one nostril at a time. Press an index finger over your left nostril while you blow your right nostril gently into a tissue. Then press an index finger over the right nostril and blow gently into a tissue out of your left nostril.

How to wash your hands

Warm water isn’t essential but scrubbing with soap is.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water and turn off the tap.
  2. Apply and lather the soap by rubbing your hands together, making sure to scrub the front and back of your hands.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20-seconds. Sing a song (like Happy Birthday) while you wash and do not rinse with water until the song is complete.
  4. Turn on the tap and rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

When to wash your hands

  • Before, during, and after eating or helping to prepare food.
  • Before and after being near someone who is sick.
  • Before and after applying a bandage to a cut or wound.
  • After using the toilet.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal or picking up their waste.
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After handling garbage.

Sanitize and clean your home—especially these items!

Clean your home phone and your family members' cell phones, too. Viruses can survive on surfaces from a few hours to a few days.

The remote controls. They're one of the most touched items in your home.

All computers. Always check the manual before cleaning, but make sure to clean around the crevices in the keyboard.

Wash all stuffed animals in the laundry machine. If they're not washing machine safe, keep them isolated from all members of the family for a few days to let the germs die.


When should you call the doctor?

  • If your child's symptoms appear to be getting worse
  • If your child is having difficulty breathing
  • If your child has a high fever
  • If your child has a bad headache
  • If your child has a sore throat
  • If your child seems confused