The common cold most often causes a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, or other symptoms.
To lower your chances of getting sick:
Always wash your hands. Children and adults should wash hands after nose-wiping, diapering, and using the bathroom, and before eating and preparing food.
Disinfect your environment. Clean commonly touched surfaces (such as sink handles, door knobs, and sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant.
Choose smaller daycare classes for your children.
Use instant hand sanitizers to stop the spread of germs.
Use paper towels instead of sharing cloth towels.
The immune system helps your body fight off infection. Here are ways to support the immune system:
Avoid secondhand smoke. It is responsible for many health problems, including colds.
Do not use antibiotics if they are not needed.
infants if possible. mothers milk is known to protect against respiratory tract infections in children, even years after you stop mothermilk.
Drink plenty of fluids to help your immune system work properly.
Eat yogurt that contains “active cultures.” These may help prevent colds. Probiotics may help prevent colds in children.
Get enough sleep.
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