Dr. Bergman Lewis said:
Fact: Honey for sore throats and coughs
Children under one year old should not ingest honey, however, due to the risk of botulism. However, it is particularly effective for older children.
“Children under five years old shouldn't take decongestants, such as Sudafed or NyQuil, due to cardiovascular risks. Honey is a great alternative,” says Dr. Sarah Bergman Lewis, pediatrician at The Everett Clinic.
Fact: Wear a hat and coat or you'll catch a cold
Bundling up does remain good advice, though, particularly for children.
“It's been shown that kids are more susceptible to getting sick when they're tired and cold,” says Bergman Lewis. “Especially with babies, dress them in the same amount of clothing as you would need to feel comfortably warm as an adult.”
Fiction: Feed a cold, starve a fever
“We would never prescribe starving an illness,” says Bergman Lewis. “A person may not feel like eating, but try to get nutrients in different ways other than maybe a large meal. Fluids are always a good idea because you tend to lose them when you're sick through congestion, vomiting and diarrhea.”
The best path to recovery is a strong immune system, which needs fuel in the form of food and liquids.
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