Winter is the official season for cold and flu, especially in children. When it comes to the needed treatment for common colds and flu, mothers always look for an effective alternative that quickly soothes the irritating symptoms. Children by default can’t bear cold and flu symptoms for prolonged durations.
123 syrup is the all-in-one medication for managing common colds and flu symptoms in children like runny nose, fever, sneezing, and rhinorrhea. The mother doesn’t need to give her sick child more than one medication as 123 Syrup which works on all the symptoms. It’s suitable for children starting 6 years old.
123 syrup is a triple-combination formula with 3 main components:
- Paracetamol: A safe antipyretic and pain killer.
- Chlorpheniramine: Soothes the sore throat.
- Pseudoephedrine: Antihistamine that works on the symptoms of the cold and sinusitis.
There are many myths and facts associated with cold and flu in Egyptian culture. In this article, we’ll bust some of the most common myths to help guide mothers while taking care of their kids during the winter season.
Myth: A child gets the flu from going out in the cold weather or taking a shower
Fact: Egyptian mothers usually worry about taking their kids out during winter because they believe that the cold weather will make them catch the flu. They are also convinced that giving regular showers to their kids is associated with getting sick. The only way to get infected by the flu is being exposed to the influenza virus. Being cold or wet just triggers the symptoms of a virus that is already in the child’s system.
Myth: An antibiotic is necessary for treating a flu
Fact: An antibiotic is not always the right choice when your child has the flu. Antibiotics work well for bacteria and the flu is caused by a viral infection. Generally, you shouldn’t give your child an antibiotic without consulting his pediatrician. In some flu cases, a doctor might prescribe an antibiotic, especially with long lasting symptoms. Sometimes a bacteria is developed as a complication of the flu which requires an antibiotic to protect from secondary infections.
Myth: A child shouldn’t drink milk when having a common cold
Fact: For years, mothers have always been advised not to give their children milk when having common colds. It was believed that milk generates phlegm. However, a new study tackling the milk-cold-phlegm connection has busted this myth.
The study stated that kids with common colds can drink milk and this won’t generate extra phlegm even if the child has asthma, cystic fibrosis, or a respiratory problem. On the contrary, milk is recommended because it’s a rich source of proteins and vitamins.
Myth: Flu vaccine will make my child sick
Fact: Flu vaccine is one of the most dominant topics in all moms’ communities these days. Mothers are confused and cannot decide whether to give it to their children or not. The child’s pediatrician can help moms in making the decision according to her child’s health status and medical history.
However, the claim that the flu vaccine makes the child get the flu is not right. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus – matching the most commonly circulating influenza viruses that year – that can’t transmit infection. However, it takes two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. It is possible that within those two weeks a child -who is not yet fully immune by the vaccine- catches the flu. That is why people associate getting sick with taking the vaccine.
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Sources used in this article:
- 10 flu myths – Harvard Health Publishing
- Myths and facts about flu and children – National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
- Milk, mucus, and myths – BMJ Journals