Kids with a Cough or Cold Don't Need Medicine, says FDA

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Its cold season again. 

Coughing, sneezing, and a nose that keeps running down the street for a week. Most people, including myself, began to investigate which medicine works the fastest and best to cure a common cold.  

According to Federal Drug Administration pediatrician Amy M. Taylor says there's no cure for a common cold. The common cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics.

“A cold is self-limited, and most patients will get better on their own in a week or two without needing medications. For older children, some OTC medicines can help relieve the symptoms—but won’t change the natural course of the cold or make it go away faster,” Taylor says.

Well that's a shocker. Seems like the NyQuil helped me sleep pretty good and open up a few air paths in my clogged nose and keep my cough count down. Shocked to know that coughs help fight off the cold.

“Coughs help the body clear the mucus out of the airway and protect the lungs; so you don’t want to suppress all coughs,” Taylor says.

Natural treatments for coughs include drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm drinks to soothe the throat. Other than that, sweat it out and cough it up until its over.


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