Cold symptoms, remedies, and more
Colds are among the most common illnesses in children, making the symptoms of a cold all too familiar to parents. The sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and fever that go with a cold are caused by over 200 viruses, which spread easily from child to child. The good news is that most colds are mild, and the very worst cold symptoms come and go within days.
Quick facts about colds
Cold symptoms: Colds usually start with a stuffy, runny nose, an itchy throat, and a cough. A slight fever and thick, yellowish mucus sometimes develop.
Call the doctor if your child has any of these cold symptoms:
- A high fever in ababy, toddler, preschooler, or big kid
- A wheezing or gasping cough
- Goopy eyes
- Anear infection
- There’s no improvement after five to seven days
Cold remedies: Drinking water and getting plenty of rest are usually the best remedies for a cold. If your child has a fever, talk to the doctor about giving a fever-reducing medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Most doctors don’t recommend over-the-counter cough or cold medication to ease cold symptoms.
Colds by age
Colds and how you treat them are different depending on the age of your child. Read up on what to expect, and how to help your little one feel better at every age.
Colds in babies
Everything is new to babies – including germs! A baby’s developing immune system means catching a cold is easy. Learn what you need to know to care for your baby when the sniffles show up.
Colds in toddlers
Toddlers love to touch and taste and are likely to put things in their mouth, even when you tell them not to. Find out about colds in toddlers and what you can do to help your bug rat feel better.
Colds in preschoolers
Even the best little hand-washer can’t avoid every bug. Read about simple home remedies to help soothe cold symptoms and more.
Colds in big kids
Now that your child is in school he’s exposed to more kids, more germs, and more colds. Learn how to handle a cold, and what to tell your big kid to prevent one.