Su Laurent brings us handy hints and tips to make life easier, such as how to handle common cold in babies.
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Catrina Skepper: It’s that time of the year when every child seems to have either a runny nose, a high temperature, or a horrible cough. Su Laurent, Consultant Paediatrician from Barnet Hospital is here to guide all you mums and dads and your snotty children through this winter season, what a lovely term, welcome Su. Dr. Su Laurent: Hi Catrina? Catrina Skepper: But it is true, I mean from practically every child, whether they are yet in nursery or school, even babies succumb to the common cold and distressing coughs. Su Laurent: Yes. Catrina Skepper: What can we do about? Su Laurent: Not a lot is the answer. First of all, be prepared, expect that make sure you got plenty of paracetamol or nurofen, whatever you like –- Catrina Skepper: Calpol. Su Laurent: A liquid form calpol is what we use all the time. Try to give a sugar-free if you can. Catrina Skepper: Yeah. Su Laurent: And make sure you have plenty of that, make sure you give your child plenty of fluids, and just recognize the fact that it’s common and is normal and in fact, there is some evidence that if our children get exposed to lots of viruses when they are young, they may be less likely to develop allergies. Catrina Skepper: Oh, really? Su Laurent: So think positive. Catrina Skepper: There’s a link directly, link there is a common viruses? Su Laurent: They are recent and commonly seems to be, they are just hygiene theory at the moment about allergy. The theory is that, we all will treat our children to such clean environment incidents time at the moment. But in fact, the body doesn’t have enough to do with this immune system so it goes off becoming allergic to things it shouldn’t be allergic to. And so -- and there is some evidence that second and third children in the family are less likely to develop allergies than first, because they get all the viral infections the older ones bring back from school. Catrina Skepper: Very valid, I say there is some comfort in that, in my case when you got three children and –- Su Laurent: Exactly. Catrina Skepper: Separates one from the other. Obviously, they are mostly transmitted by contact I would think. Su Laurent: Contract and due to drop the aerosol spray. Catrina Skepper: Aerosol spray, yes. So you shouldn’t seen be rushing around your house with a Dettol spray? Su Laurent: No, absolutely no, I don’t – but there’s any Dettol at home. Hand washing is very important, and that’s what you know, in hospitals, it’s got stressed all the time, it’s handwashing and sort of -- you know, using tissues that kind of thing, sensible things rather than just sort of spraying out everything all over the place. Catrina Skepper: Yeah. Su Laurent: Is it difficult to get children to use tissues? Catrina Skepper: Very difficult. Su Laurent: Yeah. Catrina Skepper: Although second of mine quietly enjoys, and then the third one copies the first. Su Laurent: Yes. Catrina Skepper: It doesn’t need one but uses anyway but –- SU Laurent: Yes. Catrina Skepper: I remember very well that distressing cough that my first born had on age much of I think 6, 7 weeks and developed a kind of rattly throat or rattly cough, and I rushed to the pediatrician and I was given this some advice. Su Laurent: Yes. Catrina Skepper: But massage can be something that can help in theory. Su Laurent: Well, certainly, I mean if you’ve got -- Catrina Skepper: So too I am trying to get -- Su Laurent: Exactly, because rattly just often do not blow their noses and in fact they won’t learn to blow their noses, in my experience until they are quite – they getting old quite a bit, I mean it’s very hard to get young children to blow their noses, but trying to clear their nostrils is very important. And to small babies, what happens is they can only breathe through their nose, they do not understand how -- they don’t open their mouths to breath. So, if you got a small baby with a blocked up nose, a lots of sound far works than they are. Catrina Skepper: Yes. Su Laurent: And saline nos