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Parenting Decoded: Dealing With Your Child’s Common Cold And Viral Fever This Season!

Do you shudder every time you hear your little one sniffle or let out an Acchoo? Well, God bless you! The winters seem unwilling to budge and temporary fluctuations in weather are making it worse. As primary caregivers for our child, we have no option but to chin up and brave the cold- the common   cold. Here are a few tips you can keep handy while dealing with common cold, coughing bouts, runny noses and viral fever.

As parents, it is our responsibility to make sure they feel better and resume their activity as soon as possible. But how? Hear it from a healthcare administrator. Dr. Shivani Shourie’s simple winter care tips to keep your worries at bay.

“Layering keeps a child warmer than one thick sweater. As a thumb rule, I put one layer more than I’m wearing on my daughter”


Do the medicines prescribed by your pediatrician make you wonder if they are actually helping your child’s immune system? Read Sirisha Achanta’s account of dealing with fever without antibiotics and medicines.

 “Fever is an indication that the baby’s immune system is fighting against the infections and winning. We hardly think of fever this way.”


And if you’ve decided to steer clear of the medicines, here are home remedies by Swati Jain. Passed on and trusted over generations, you can rely on these at least for temporary relief.

“With each passing viral season, my knowledge of medicines increases. So, this is the home remedy list passed on by other moms”


Who likes a sick bawling baby kicking furiously to get away from your clutches? The task of administering medicine to your little one nothing less than nightmarish. Here is Granny Sunita narrating her experience.

“Honestly I can’t imagine why medicating children can’t be easier? I think this is far more worthy of research than iPads for baby Einsteins!”


Remember these pointers from Dr. Chander Asrani before you buy medicines over the counter. Follow the good practice of getting medicines prescribed after a check-up. Using your own judgement to administer medicines to your child can prove to be dangerous and is a habit that should stop.

“OTC medications are available without a doctor’s prescription and are advertised in lay press with tall claims. What parents miss out are the disclaimers in font size 6-8 in print media or in unreadable colours on television”


Vidya Sury recounts the horror when her son suffered from severe wheezing. The ordeal of syrups, antibiotics and inhalers that the child has to go through is painful to watch for a parent.

“If the Almighty would grant me one wish, I’d ask that children under five years of age be free from ailments and grow up healthy, and then, give them the gift of a healthy immune system to step forth in life”