how to treat cold and cough in children under age 2

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

An advisory committee at the Food and Drug Administration in January 2008 said:
(over-the-counter cold and cough medicines do not work for children under the age of 2)

The American Academy of Pediatrics applauded the decision by the Food and Drug Administration, saying:
"These medicines are ineffective and can have serious side effects. There are other ways to treat cold and cough symptoms."

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

-- moisturizing the air with a vaporizer or hydrator

-- using saltwater (saline) nose drops to dry up a runny nose

-- using a rubber nose (suction) bulb to clear up congestion

-- feeding the child warm soft chicken soup if possible

-- giving the child plenty of filtered water because water is a natural expectorant

-- using a humidifier to help loosen the child's cough. Clean the humidifier to prevent mold and bacteria buildup. But, keep the humidity in the home at 50% or below

-- consulting a pediatrician