Relieving Cold Symptoms
There’s no cure for the common cold, a viral infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics, says FDA’s pediatrician Amy M. Taylor, M.D., M.H.S.
“A cold is self-limited, and patients will get better on their own in a week or two without any need for medications. For older children, some OTC medicines can help relieve the symptoms—but won’t change the natural course of the cold or make it go away faster,” says Taylor, a medical officer in FDA’s Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health.
Coughs are a normal symptom of a cold and aren’t all bad. “Coughs help the body clear the mucus out of the airway and protect the lungs; so you don’t want to suppress all coughs,” Taylor says.
Non-drug treatments for coughs include drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm drinks to soothe the throat.
When to Call a Doctor
Not every sniffle or cough merits a trip to the doctor’s office. When in doubt, parents should call their health care provider. “Call your pediatrician at the first sign of illness whenever a baby 3 months or younger is sick,” Taylor advises.
For all children, call a doctor if you see any of these symptoms:
“You have to know your child,” Taylor says. “With small infants, fever is a major concern, and you need medical advice. If you are worried about your child’s symptoms, at any age, call your pediatrician for advice.
BOIRON OSCILLOCOCCINUM FLU 6 DOSES
USES: Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue
DIRECTIONS: Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. Children younger than 2 years of age: Ask a doctor.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Anas barbariae 200CK HPUS – To reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms The letters HPUS indicate that this ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States.
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Lactose Sucrose
WARNINGS: Ask a doctor before use in children under 2 years of age. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or worsen. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children.
STORAGE & SAFETY: Do not use if glued carton end flaps are open or if the tray seal is broken. Each 0.04 oz dose (1 g) contains 1 g of sugar. Store at 68-77°F (20-25°C).
BOIRON COLDCALM 60 TABLETS
USES: Temporarily relieves cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat DIRECTIONS: Adults and children 3 years of age and older: At the onset of symptoms, dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Then, dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue every 2 hours until symptoms are relieved. Children 3 to 6 years of age: dissolve 2 tablets in 1 tablespoon of water for easier intake. Follow directions above. ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:** Allium cepa 3C HPUS - Relieves sneezing and runny nose Apis mellifica 6C HPUS - Relieves nasal congestion Belladonna 6C HPUS (contains less than 10-15 mg alkaloids per dose) - Relieves colds with a sudden onset Eupatorium perfoliatum 3C HPUS - Relieves sinus pain Gelsemium sempervirens 6C HPUS - Relieves headaches associated with colds Kali bichromicum 6C HPUS - Relieves nasal discharge Nux vomica 3C HPUS (contains less than 10-8 mg alkaloids per dose) - Relieves sneezing attacks Phytolacca decandra 6C HPUS - Relieves sore throat associated with colds Pulsatilla 6C HPUS - Relieves colds with a loss of taste and smell The letters HPUS indicate that this ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Croscarmellose sodium Lactose Magnesium stearate WARNINGS: Ask a doctor before use in children under 3 years of age. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or worsen, or if sore throat persists for more than 2 days or occurs with a fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children. STORAGE & SAFETY: Do not use if glued carton end flaps are open or if the blister seal is broken. Store at 68-77°F (20-25°C). PRODUCT SIZES & TYPES: Coldcalm is available in a box of 60 quick-dissolving tablets.
The staff at Meds From Nature has completed the extensive online homeopathic training programs with Hyland's (Hyland's Homeopathic University) and Boiron (Homeopathic Medicines).