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Suggestions for care of an upper respiratory infection

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about follow-up care for an upper respiratory infection (URI). Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

There is no magic treatment that will give your child fast relief. However, there are certain things that you can do to make your child feel more comfortable.
1. Give your child plenty of fluids (such as 7-up®, Jello® water, Gatorade® or popsicles). Warm fluids, such as soups or broth are recommended. Do not worry if your child does not want to eat. After a few days, you can start your child back on food slowly. Do not offer your child any foods that may be hard to digest. Do not give greasy, fried or spicy foods to your child.
2. If your child has a fever, you may give Tylenol® or another acetaminophen product (Panadol®, Tempra®) as directed by your child’s doctor. Do not give aspirin or aspirin containing products.
3. Your doctor may tell you to give medicine for stuffy nose and cough. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
4. If a throat culture was done, you or your doctor will be called if the throat culture was positive. It takes 24 to 48 hours to get results.
5. If the air in your home is dry, a cool vaporizer may be used to help your child breathe easier.
6. For the next few days, your child will need more rest than usual. You should limit your child’s activities.
7. Consult your child’s doctor if your child:
• Has a fever lasting more than three (3) days
• Complains of ear pain
• Drains greenish mucus from his/her nose or eyes
• Refuses to drink fluids
• Has trouble swallowing
• Has non-stop vomiting
• Has a runny nose lasting more than ten (10) days
Be patient. It takes about 2-4 days to see any real improvements in your child’s condition. If you cannot reach your doctor, take him/her to the emergency department.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


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