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14 Healing Tips For Kids With Colds

Health     First Posted: 03/17/11 09:26 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Treating a kid's cold is trickier than ever. Parents have long reached for over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration no longer recommends them for children younger than four. And, the FDA is investigating whether these drugs are safe for older kids.

One thing's clear: None of these over-the-counter medications can cure the common cold or make it go away any faster.

So what's a parent to do? Follow these 14 steps to help your child get through the stuffy-headed misery.

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Talk to any school nurse and you'll find that plenty of parents send their children to school or day care when they shouldn't. Don't be that parent.

If your child has a fever over 101 degrees, or any fever just as he is starting to get sick, keep him home, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Even if your child doesn't have a sky-high fever, consider keeping him home if he's too sick to take part in school activities or if he is contagious.

Staying home may help your child get better more quickly and avoid spreading germs to his peers.

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