Dr. Ronald Turner
Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.
Host: How can I treat a cold in my child?
Ronald Turner: Well, I think, first of all I have never really recommended the use of all of decongestants that have recently been discouraged by the FDA. I think the way you can manage cold symptoms in your child is by using Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for treatment of sore throat or headache, pain type symptoms. You can use nasal decongestants in the form of nose drops or nose sprays to help clear the nose and allow the child to breathe easier. Frequently that s important to do around real times where it may be difficult for the child to eat, if they can t breathe well. And other than that is it's a matters of keeping the nose clear with nose drops or nasal suction that can be helpful at times, but that s about all we have these days.