During this cough and cold season, I wanted to share a few thoughts about cold medications and children. It has been well established for a while that over the counter cold medicines probably have more risks than benefits in young children. In fact, the FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics have been fairly strong that decongestants and cough suppressants have no benefit and should not be used in children under 2 (and probably have little role for kids under 6). Here's what you can do for your little one with the sniffles. Plain nasal saline drops can break up nasal mucus. Young kids don't like it, but if you instill one or two of these drops in each nostril while a child is lying down, they tend to break up thick mucus and wash it back. There is no need to overuse these drops - just use them if the congestion is really bothersome to a child. There is some role for cool mist humidifiers, especially for night coughs, and Vicks Vaporub can be beneficial for night cough in toddlers and older children. It turns out that a spoonful of honey or a cup of warm liquids is as effective as any cough suppressant in temporarily soothing a child's throat from a bad cough - and, of course there is no way to overdose on honey (just don't use it in babies under a year). For older kids, nasal rinses with a Netti-pot can be the best decongestant of all.
Hang in there - spring is almost here (no matter what the groundhog said)!
Unfortunately, we'll need to remain closed for the rest of today, and plan to open for sick walk-in at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 14. However, this is still subject to change based on what the rest of the day brings. If you have a morning appointment of February 14, please call us tomorrow after 12:30 pm to reschedule. If you have an afternoon scheduled appointment tomorrow, please call us after 12:30 on February 14 to confirm or cancel.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Please disregard my previous post - it looks like Carolina Kids will need to be closed all day on Thursday, February 13 due to winter weather conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call us at (919) 881-9009 if your child has an urgent medical issue & make sure those little ones play safely if they go out in the snow!
Carolina Kids has had to close early this afternoon due to the winter storm. Although we currently plan to open on a 2 hour delay on Thursday, February 13 (at 10:30 am), this may change based on weather and road conditions. Please continue to check the main page of our website for weather related updates.
Be safe out there!
Carolina Kids will open on time on Wednesday, February 12 at 8:30 am. We will have sick walk-in at 8:30 am (even though we don't typically have a morning walk-in hour on Wednesday). If you have an appointment after 11 am, please call to confirm or cancel your appointment in the morning. Please watch the main page of our website for ongoing weather updates.
PS: Is anyone ready for spring?