Top Remedies for a Colorado Cold
The cold and flu is making its way through Colorado and we want to remind you of some things you can do to help lessen your chances of catching that nasty bug. Over the weekend Jordan and Michael sick and they're still feeling it today.
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- Stay hydrated. Liquids (such as water, juice,etc.) and honey helps with congestion and deters dehydration. Avoid things like alcohol and caffeine, as this makes dehydration worse.
- Rest.Your body needs time to recover.
- Soothe your sore throat. A saltwater gargle which is about half of a teaspoon of salt stirred in a glass of warm water. This relieve a sore and scratchy throat temporarily. Ice cubes, throat sprays, cough soothing candies might help as well.
- Combat stuffiness. Saline nasal sprays help relieve congestion and a stuffy nose. Use caution and as directed for infants.
- Relieve pain. With children 6 months and younger acetaminophen is the way to go, but with children older than 6 months, either acetaminophen or ibuprofen is okay.
- Sip warm liquids. A cup of hot water, soups, tea, etc. will sooth and could ease congestion.
- Add moisture to the air. A humidifier adds moisture to your home, helping with congestion.
- Over-the-counter cold and cough medications. Using over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines and pain relievers might offer some symptom relief. But please note that these won't prevent or shorten a cold.