A to Z: Upper Respiratory Infectionenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgAn upper respiratory infection (URI) can be caused by many viruses or bacteria. The common cold, croup, and sinusitis are all URIs.upper respiratory infections, URIs, children with upper respiratory infections, preschoolers with upper respiratory infections, gradeshoolers with upper respiratory infections, teens with upper respiratory infections, upper respiratory tract infections, cold, common cold, croup, croop, sinusitis, stuffy nose, runny nose, coughing, respiratory, tract, dictionary, definitions, a to z07/12/201204/12/201909/02/2019619f75eb-739f-4015-b2a0-8713c0cfb3f4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-uri.html/<p><em>Also called: URI,</em> <em>Upper Respiratory Tract Infection</em></p> <p>An upper respiratory infection (URI) is an infection that affects the nose and throat. A&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a> is the most common type of URI. Croup and sinusitis are also URIs.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>URIs may cause swelling inside the nose, which is what gives a person that "stuffed up" feeling. Other common symptoms include a sore throat, sneezing, and a runny nose.</p> <p>URIs are <a class="kh_anchor">highly contagious</a> and spread through coughing, hand contact, and even by touching objects an infected person has touched. Kids in childcare and grade school get the most colds. Infections like this are most widespread in winter months.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most colds clear up in a week with no treatment. If a URI lasts longer than a week or your child is getting worse instead of better, talk to a doctor. Pain in the chest, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">ears</a>, or sinuses&nbsp;could be signs&nbsp;of a more serious&nbsp;infection.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Adenovirus Adenoviruses can infect the lining of the eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They're common causes of fever, coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and pinkeye.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/adenovirus.html/1364126a-08d4-49be-8630-eabbffc2e9e6
ColdsColds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/b9edc12e-0507-49ec-84a9-b00b20e89827
Coping With ColdsMost teens get between two and four colds each year. Read this article for the facts on colds and ways to feel better when you catch one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/colds.html/dd5a6c53-60f6-4e16-ad82-61dddcad1910
CroupCroup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/croup.html/74193534-9eb3-4424-b13d-f36ab6db0fc4
First Aid: Common ColdKids can get up to eight colds a year - or more. The common cold sends more kids to the doctor than any other illness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/common-cold-sheet.html/f9dd685a-6973-4a14-bf84-2fbfc63dd908
First Aid: Sore ThroatSore throats are usually caused by viruses. Here's what to do if your child has a sore throat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/8e983e67-a2c2-46fe-9310-8f67b2a3e059
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantDid you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don't wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/handwashing.html/83630582-a0c6-4b77-97f9-6b26970fd4af
Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?Your child has a sore throat, cough, and a high fever. Is it COVID-19? Could it be the flu? Or just a cold? Here are tips on what to look for, and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vs-cold.html/16fd4bfe-f370-4bed-879d-e830fcc1b411
Respiratory Syncytial VirusRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this contagious infection.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rsv.html/c2c86da2-f08c-4d9a-b6c2-22d4d117778a
SinusitisSinus infections, or sinusitis, are common and easily treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sinusitis.html/98e3dd54-b0fb-4390-98f2-2ca7053934f4
Why Does My Nose Run?You may have heard the old joke: If your nose is running and your feet smell, you must be upside down! But did you ever wonder why your nose runs?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/nose-run.html/cdbf274b-b756-447d-aff8-08bc035242b5