A Little TLC for Colds and Flu – Try These Techniques to Bring Some Relief

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The first instinct for a parent when baby is feeling sick is to give comfort – hugs, favorite stuffed animal, warm blanket, something to drink. You may even have a few favorite simple home remedies for colds and flu that have been passed down in your family. If your child is under 4 years old, don’t give over the counter cough and cold remedies. For children between age 4 and 6 it’s best to talk to your doctor first.

When your child with fragile health due to other medical challenges becomes sick with a cold or flu, then you have more to be concerned about. Always consult with the doctor if you have worries or concerns.

Pediatric home health care is here to help you out. A caregiver nurse can look after the medical needs of your child and make sure they are cared for when you can’t be there.

Sick babies need lots of rest, and so do you. Runny noses and coughing can keep the entire family awake. Here are some techniques you can use to bring some relief to your sick baby:

Using a humidifier – a cool mist vaporizer in the baby’s bedroom provides needed moisture. This helps keep his nasal passages from drying out and can really help to reduce the coughing that happens at night. The vaporizer or humidifier should be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid the growth of mold.

Raise the baby’s head – lying flat worsens a cough. You can roll up a towel and place it under the top of the mattress. According to Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, “This keeps the mucus draining in the right direction and helps ease coughing.”

Give plenty of fluids – just like adults, babies need lots of liquids when they are sick. It helps in thinning out the mucus and makes it easier to clear out of sinuses and nasal passages. When less than 6 months old, breast milk and formula are the best choices. For older babies, they can also have water and real fruit juice.

Help ease coughing – older babies can be given small amounts of warm clear fluids to help ease a cough. You can try 1-3 teaspoons of apple juice or water warmed up and offer it 4 times daily. For coughing spasms, sit with your baby in a steamy bathroom.

Lots of love – when baby doesn’t feel good, he wants to be held and comforted. This will help both of you feel better because he will probably sleep better in an upright position over your shoulder. You can get a comfy spot in the living room and relax while watching a favorite movie.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health care services near Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care Services
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.