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Take plenty of fluids, paracetamol or (if over 16 years old), aspirin. Inhalation of steam with Karvol or menthol crystals can help clear the nasal passages as can decongestants such as Sudafed or Sinex. You should consult your GP if the symptoms have not improved in 7 to 10 days.
Can be soothed by a drink made from honey and lemon in hot water. Steam inhalations and cough linctuses can also be helpful.
If over 16, gargle with soluble aspirin or dissolved salt in water. For younger patients use paracetamol syrup.
As for coughs, try also steam inhalations, rest your voice and avoid smoke.
This is usually characterised by an unusually high temperature and aching muscles and joints. Take paracetamol, plenty of fluids and rest at home. Try not to spread the infection.
Children often run high temperatures without any other symptoms. When they have been cooled down they will feel a lot better. Remove clothing and sponge down or immerse in a bath of lukewarm water. Give paracetamol syrup.
Usually responds to anti-histamines which are available from your local pharmacy.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
Take small amounts of clear fluids as frequently as possible and avoid any dairy products. Electrolyte replacement mixture is helpful if symptoms are severe or prolonged. Alternatives are clear fruit drinks or flat lemonade or cola.
This is common in children and can be distressing and painful.
It is important to give paracetamol as soon as possible. If symptoms persist contact your GP the next day.
Most children are infested at some time. There is little evidence that medication is more effective than combing the hair with a fine tooth comb. The surgery can provide you with a detailed information sheet to assist you.