Author : Abdulrahman Ahmad Alnaim, Hussain Adil Al Ghadeer, Khalid Al Noaim, Muneera Alabdulqader, Zainab Al Alawi, Ghadeer Ali Alaliwat, Mohammed F Lardhi, Khaled Al Ahmad, Layan Yousef Al Bassam, Wejdan Essa Al Rasheed, Ahmed M. Al Ghamdi, Mohammed A. Al Ghamdi, Abdulaziz A. Alahmari, Ahmad Adnan Abid1, Meteb almelhem,

Abstract : During the summer, the consumption of cold drinks and ice cream rises, and it is widely believed that they are one of the causes of the common cold and sore throat in children, despite the fact that no scientific research have shown this causative association.The purpose of this research is to examine parents' expectations about ice cream, cold drinks, and hot beverages, as well as their effect on their children's common cold and sore throat. This was a cross-sectional study carried out in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted between 2021 to 2022. A self-administrated questionnaire was distributed to all the caregivers who are attending general pediatric clinics. Three hundred seventy-one participants met inclusion creteria , with the majority (59.8%) were mothers. Sixty percent of parents believe that consuming cold drinks and ice cream might lead their children to have cold symptoms. Our respondents had symptoms after the consumption of ice cream (45%) or cold drinks (22.4%). Intriguingly, thirty percent (30.2%) of respondents stated that cold drinks or ice cream ameliorated their symptoms. The majority of parents believed that their children would get a sore throat or a common cold after drinking cold drinks or eating ice cream. Further investigation is necessary to determine the elements that impact parental attitudr and practice toward their children's intake of cold drinks and ice cream.

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