Tips for colds, flu and sore throats

Sore throats

Sore throat is described as pain or discomfort in the throat and can be caused by viruses and less commonly bacteria.

Signs of a sore throat may include:

  • Crying, or complaining when swallowing
  • Refusing food
  • Drooling
  • Swollen glands in the neck

To help your child feel better

  • Make sure your child is getting plenty of restful sleep – this will really help give them the strength they need to recover.
  • Make sure he or she has plenty to drink. If your child has started eating solid food, offer plenty of cool drinks, especially water.
  • Pamol® may help to relieve pain and discomfort associated with sore throats (see our handy Little Helper tool to check the correct dosage). Always read the label and use as directed. Incorrect use can be harmful. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional

Colds or ‘Flu'

People often think of a cold and the flu as the same thing, but in fact, there are important differences when it comes to their cause and their treatment. Although both illnesses are caused by viruses and share many symptoms, they are actually quite different.

Cold Flu
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat

You’ll usually notice that symptoms develop over a couple of days and last for a few days. In some cases, colds can last for as long as 10 to 14 days.

  • Fever that comes on rapidly
  • Aches & pains in muscles
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Chills or sweating
  • Dry cough

The flu can affect your child quite quickly, and it can make them feel really unwell for a few days. Most cases of flu can clear up within a week although the tiredness may last a little longer.

To help your child feel better:

  • Make sure they have plenty to drink. If they have started eating solid food, offer plenty of cool drinks, especially water.
  • Don’t overheat your house. Even if they feel shivery, your child will be more comfortable in a well-aired room at a normal temperature.
  • If your child has a runny nose or is coughing at night, try raising the head of the bed slightly (to help keep the throat clear of mucus).
  • If your child has a fever, dress them in light clothes and use only light bedding.
  • Pamol® may help to relieve pain and reduce the fever (see our handy Little Helper tool to check the correct dosage). 
Reference 1. NZ Ministry of Health, Medsafe, Label Statements Database. Accessed 30 May 2013. Reference 2. The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation 2013, Kids Health. Accessed 30 May 2013. Pamol® is for the treatment of children’s pain and fever. Pamol® suspensions contain paracetamol 250mg/5mL. Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Incorrect use can be harmful. ® Registered Trademark. Aspen Pharmacare C/- Pharmacy Retailing, Auckland. TAPS PP3867.