Since there's no cure or surefire medication you can give to your kid, you'll probably have to wait until your child's flu or cold passes. It won't be pleasant having a sick, contagious kid cooped up in the house, but to help her feel more comfortable:
- Try alternative treatments. Feed her chicken soup, sit in a steaming bathroom to loosen mucus, or give a lukewarm bath to a feverish child. These aren't cures, but they can alleviate some of the discomfort.
- Keep the house clean. Disinfect areas like the bathroom and kitchen frequently, and wash your child's bedding and replace her toothbrush. Don't give germs a chance to settle in and multiply!
- Heap on the TLC. You've been laid up in bed with a cold or flu, so you know how miserable it is -- and how good it felt when your mom gave you some extra special attention. Read a favorite book or watch a movie with your sick kid, play a card game, or fix her a snack or some soup. (Just make sure to wash your hands, too!)