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Stuffy Nose? 14 Tips for Treating Kids' Colds

Treating a kid’s cold is trickier than ever. Follow these 14 steps to help your child get through the stuffy-headed misery.
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Skip the cough syrup

Don’t worry about a child’s daytime cough, as it can help release phlegm and reduce congestion. Coughs usually go away on their own in three to five days.

If your child is older than 4 years old and has trouble sleeping at night because of a cough, you may be tempted to try a cough remedy. But keep in mind that such medications haven’t been shown to help coughs in children, and they may be harmful, according to the AAP, which recommends increasing fluids and humidity to ease coughs.

Next: Don’t ignore serious coughs

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