Tips to Manage The Little One Who is Suffering Cold Frequently
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Cold (cough and runny nose) is often known to be experienced by Little One. Usually your Little One will get cold for 5-10 times a year. This is because the Little One's immune system is not perfect or by means of activities that do not pay attention to the cleanliness aspects.
The cold that is often suffered by the Little One caused by a virus is an airborne disease, a disease that can be transmitted through respiratory air. This makes it difficult to resist. Other causes of colds are bacterial and allergic infections.
How to manage this, certainly depends on the cause. A runny nose, sneezing and nasal itching, as well as congestion that arise only at certain times and improve a few moments later with a history of allergies in the family leads to a cold caused by allergies. To overcome this, of course, the trigger must be avoided, such as sheets, carpets, curtains, dolls, and pets.
If the runny nose and cough are accompanied by fever, the Little One is fussy, the nose is clogged, the snot tends to be thick greenish yellow, it can be suspected that the Little One is being infected with a virus or bacteria. The management itself, whether, needing drugs or antibiotics must be determined based on the doctor's examination.
What can you do when your Little One has a cold? Apply the following tips.
- Wash the nose of the Little One using isotonic solution (prepared saline). It aims to cleanse mucus that builds up in the nose so snot can be removed from the nose. Mommy needs to do this because when your Little One has difficulty snorting, he/she tends to swallow it, causing symptoms of coughing.
- Give certain medications such as medication for relieving fever, pain, decongestant, or allergic medication as symptoms management. Give the medication according to the dose recommended by the doctor.
Support the immune system that plays an important role in the process of prevention and healing of illness. Ensure adequate nutrition and rest for the Little One. Also, provide nutrients that contain nucleotides and lactoferrin which function to fight infection in the body.
Nucleotides are proteins that the body needs to be able to strengthen the body's immunity and support the health of the digestive system, especially for the Little One who is still growing. The digestive system's condition of the Little One determines how effectively nutrients are absorbed and channeled throughout the body. In addition, nucleotides also have an important role in the formation of the metabolism of the Little One.Lactoferrin has various functions including as an antimicrobial, a regulator of iron absorption in the intestine, and a regulator of the body's immune system. Lactoferrin works on white blood cells to provide immunity. By consuming nutrients that contain lactoferrin, your Little One will be prevented from having a gastrointestinal infection, diarrhea, cough, runny nose, also ARI.
Applying healthy habits, such as washing your hands every time the Little One is done with an activity or closing your sneeze and coughing using an inner elbow, should be taught to your Little One as an effort to maintain a healthy body.