There are so many child health myths out there, it’s hard to know which ones are true and which are just plain ridiculous. Here’s a crash course on what’s real and what’s just falsely believed by the masses.
Common child health myths
It’s safe to dose your kid with ibuprofen and acetaminophen alternately to bring down a fever faster
In most cases, fever isn’t anyone’s enemy. It’s part of how the body rids itself of infections. It is, however, important to monitor a feverish child and keep an eye on his or her behaviour and appearance more than their temperature. Overdosing is often caused when you alternate medicine so just to be safe, don’t follow this advice.
OTC cough and cold meds are safe and can help babies get better sooner
This is a widely-spread child health myth that should absolutely be banned from the world of moms. Cough and cold remedies cannot be used for kids that are under the age of 4. Not only do these meds not work very well, but they also won’t cure a cold faster than letting it run its course.
Echinacea and other herbal remedies are safe for sick kids
There are actually very few herbal remedies that have undergone rigorous testing to determine their level of safety. In fact, some of them can do much more harm than good for kids.
You can ward off a cold by giving your kids high doses of vitamins
While vitamins can help kids that are deficient in some nutrients, but mega doses of multivitamins or vitamin C will NOT reduce your kid’s risk of catching a cold. As a side note: most vitamins are actually toxic when consumed in high dosages.
You need to treat ear infections with antibiotics
This is so far from the truth. The reality is that up to 80% of ear infections will clear up on their own, without the need for antibiotics or any other medicine. The general rule of thumb is to avoid the use of antibiotics until it is absolutely necessary to use them because the body can build up resistance against antibiotics.
You should feed a cold and starve a fever
Sick kids, regardless of whether they’ve got the sniffles or a high fever, need nutrients. If they’re not in the mood for eating, make sure you offer them plenty of soup, juice and healthy liquid options. Never starve anything when it comes to kids. It’s foolish and risky.