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What can I do for my child’s cold?
You can treat the symptoms for a cold (i.e. runny nose, fever, etc).  Contact your physician if you have further questions.

Will antibiotics help my child’s cold?
Antibiotics will not help your child’s cold.  However, call your physician if symptoms last longer that two weeks, seem to be increasing, or new symptoms occur (i.e. fever).

What can I do if my child has diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be harmful because it may cause dehydration.  Giving your child medication for diarrhea is not recommended.  If your child has an infection, diarrhea is a way for the body to get rid of the infection.  Signs of serious infection include blood or mucous in the stool.  Call your physician and allow two or three weeks to clear.

When is my child’s fever considered dangerous?
Contact your physician if your child is less than three months old and has a temperature greater than 100.5 degrees.  A fever is not necessarily dangerous.  It is a symptom of potential problems.

What can I give my child to help a fever ?
For a fever, you may give your child the recommended dosage of Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.  You may also give your child a lukewarm bath.

What is the best way to take my child’s temperature?
If your child is less than six months, use a rectal thermometer.  If your child is older than six months, you may use an auxiliary location, such as the armpit, to take the temperature.  For children between the ages of two and five, you can take the temperature in the ear.  Children over the age of five can have their temperature taken orally.

What can I do if my child is vomiting?
Initially, allow your child’s stomach to calm down (usually four to six hours).  Then, slowly initiate feedings.  Anti-vomiting medications are not recommended, especially in young children.