Health Buzz: Quick Health Tips for Little Ones

Quick tips to keep in mind when it comes to your child's health.

1. Capsules, Powders, & Potions Beware:
Keep in mind that herbal supplements should not be given to children. Vitamins should only be given under the direction of the pediatrician. The FDA doesn't regulate OTC supplements. Because young bodies process drugs differently, kids may be especially vulnerable to side effects.

2. No Honey for Infants: Honey should not be given to children under the age of one as it may contain bacterial spores that can cause infant botulism, a rare and serious form of food poisoning. Infant botulism affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death.

3. H2O & You, not Babies: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day as it flushes out toxins and serves to rehydrate the body. Keeping the body hydrated through water consumption is important so that mucus membranes are also, in turn, hydrated and thus able to effectively expelling virus particles. Babies under the age of one should not drink water unless advised by a pediatrician. I do give Lochlan water - he is a Florida baby. But I gave it to him in a sippy, not as a replacement for formula.

4. Warm vs. Cool Mist Humidifiers: Humidifiers are a solution to coughs and stuffed up noses as they hydrate mucus membranes, helping the body expel germs more effectively. Look for bacteria-eliminating features like in the Vicks GermFree Humidifier, which features a patented UV light chamber that kills up to 99.999% of bacteria, mold and spores in the water vapor that enters the air. For maximum safety in the nursery, use a Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier.

5. Saline Drops vs. Spray:
For nasal congestion in babies, consider using nasal saline drops, which are gentler, and a bulb syringe to help loosen and clear mucus. For older children, you can use a nasal saline spray.

These tips come courtesy of MommyDocs! Mommy Docs offers practical pediatric information to moms, from moms ... and doctors.