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It is much more common for young children to catch a cold as they have not yet built up their immunity to the many different cold viruses. When your child is sick, you’ll do anything to make them feel better fast. But unfortunately there is no cure and generally the treatments that help your cold will help your child’s.1

Plenty of rest, lots of fluids and warm drinks will all help soothe their symptoms and speed up recovery.2 To keep them comfortable, their room should be well ventilated and at a neutral temperature. To avoid overheating, consider letting them sleep in just a nappy or underwear. For those old enough for pillows, raising it can ease your little one’s breathing giving them a better night's sleep giving them the rest they need. Liquid paracetamol or liquid ibuprofen can help to ease aches and pains, headaches, and fever, but it’s important to check the dose and age requirements on the pack.2,3

Otrivin has products specifically formulated for the relief of nasal congestion due to cold. Otrivin Paed Nasal Drops allow relief of nasal congestion in children, providing fast and effective relief. The formula contains a concentration of xylometazoline adapted to work effectively for children. After 5 consecutive days of use, or sooner, the congestion should be clear and you should discontinue use. If after 5 days, your child is still showing symptoms, consult your doctor. 

1 Fokkens, W. J. et al. 2012. Rhinology. European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps. Official Journal of the European and International Societies. Vol. 50, supplement 23

2 Eccles, R. 2009. Mechanisms of symptoms of common cold and flu. Basel, Birkhäuser and Eccles, R. 2009. Over the counter medicines for colds. Basel: Birkhäuser

3 COPD - Mayo Clinic. 2015. Diseases and Conditions. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research