More than 200 different viruses can cause a cold in children, but the rhinovirus is the most common culprit. The symptoms typically include runny nose and sneezing. It’s worth noting that a cold is not the same as the flu (influenza). Flu symptoms are more severe and can include a fever and shaking chills, aches and pains, lethargy and headaches.
Few illnesses are more common than the cold. It can affect people of all ages, but infants and children generally catch colds more often than adults. However, there are steps you can take to make them feel more comfortable if you notice cold or flu symptoms in children. They will typically average 5-10 colds a year, with symptoms lasting around 10 days.
Thankfully, coughs and colds in children are rarely serious and most colds get better on their own without treatment.
The common cold is caused by several types of virus. The most common is the rhinovirus—there are over 100 varieties There are several ways a cold virus can be transmitted:
The best way to avoid catching a cold is by frequent hand washing. It’s also a good idea to keep children away from sick people and wipe household surfaces and toys with disinfectants.
When your child is displaying symptoms of a cold, making them feel better is your top priority. Here are four ways that may help:
Cough and cold medicines and certain flu treatment should not be given to children younger than six years old.
If your child experiences any of the following, you should seek advice from your doctor:
In most cases, with a little tender loving care and plenty of tissues, your child’s immune system will take care of the cold on its own.