Coughs, Colds and Flu
A glycerol based cough mixture can help to soothe a cough. You should call your GP if your child develops a temperature above 38ºC, has been coughing for more than two weeks, has a cough which is worse at night, has a cough which is bought on by exercise or finds it difficult to breathe.
Treatments are available in the form of cough mixtures. Your Local Pharmacist or one of our pharmacy team will be able to advise you on the products appropriate for the age of your child.
The most common symptom of a cold is a blocked or runny nose and a general feeling of being tired and unwell. There may also be a temperature, sore throat, cough or headache.
You can ease your child's symptoms with an appropriate painkiller to relieve fever and headache. Nasal drops or sprays (such as saline nasal drops/spray) and/or vapour rubs and inhalants can help to clear congestion and ease breathing. Vapour rubs and inhalants should be applied to children's clothing or bedding in accordance with the instructions.
Your Pharmacist or one of our pharmacy team will be able to advise on the products available to relieve symptoms of a cold, which are appropriate for the age of your child.
‘Flu is a viral illness which is highly contagious and can affect people of all ages. It differs from colds in the following ways:
- Rapid onset of fever
- Shivering and sweating
- Muscle aches and pains
- Persistent dry cough
Treatment is the same as when treating a cold. You should seek medical advice if your child has a temperature, which cannot be controlled using an appropriate painkiller, or if your child has other associated symptoms (see under fever/high temperature) such as sickness and diarrhoea or more importantly showing signs of meningitis.
For further information about children's health issues or any symptoms they may be suffering from please visit your local pharmacy to see how they can help.