Treatment with NSAIDs (e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen). 9 valid studies conducted, with 1,069 individuals. Reduces fever, pain and sneezing (but does not seem to reduce cough and runny nose) . Side effects seem minor for children.
Consider this treatment when the child sneezes:
It reliefs sneezing and discomfort caused by a cold (fever, pain). Do not expect it to reduce cough and runny nose, or to speed up healing. Side effects seem minor, when taken for a short period (2-3 days).
Using this treatment can severely damage the kidney, especially to children with hidden kidney disease. To be on the safe side, look for safer alternatives.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example: Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen)
Children with cold, 2 to 16 years old
Varies according to drug, age and weight. Usually every 6-8 hours for children.
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Reduces fever, pain (headache, ear pain, and muscle and joint pain) and sneezing. Does not seem to improve cough and runny nose. Does not effect the duration of Common Cold occurrences.
Minor reported side effects include stomach and intestinal discomfort, rash and swelling. Major side effects include stomach ulcers and kidney failure. Long periods of usage of NSAIDs other then Aspirin are not recommended.
Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).
Symptoms and signs:
Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
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