First Aid: Common Coldenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-CommonCold-enHD-1.jpgKids can get up to eight colds a year - or more. The common cold sends more kids to the doctor than any other illness.common cold, cold, a cold, the cold, colds, sneezing, sniffling, sniffles, sneezes, runny nose, cough, coughing, infection of the upper respiratory tract, respiratory infections, virus, viral infection, upper respiratory infection, upper respiratory infections, rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, contagiousness, vaccines, getting enough rest, good nutrition, sinusitis, ear infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, chicken soup, cool mist humidifiers, over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines, keeping my children healthy10/16/200905/29/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD05/23/2018f9dd685a-6973-4a14-bf84-2fbfc63dd908https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/common-cold-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Kids can get eight <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a> a year — or more. The common cold sends more kids to the doctor than any other illness. Most colds are caused by a virus found in the air and on the things we touch. Antibiotics can't treat viruses, but you can help your child feel better.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of a Cold?</h3> <ul> <li>stuffy or runny nose (may start out watery, then turn thick yellow or green)</li> <li>itchy or sore throat</li> <li>sneezing</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">cough</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a></li> <li>mild <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a></li> <li>feeling tired</li> <li>eating less</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Ease discomfort with: <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> as needed if your child is older than 6 months</li> <li>a cool-mist humidifier or steamy bathroom</li> <li>saline (saltwater) drops for a congested nose</li> <li>gentle suction of nasal mucus using a bulb syringe when necessary</li> </ul> </li> <li>Offer lots of liquids — breast milk or formula for babies; water and diluted juice for older kids, but no caffeinated beverages.</li> <li><strong>Never give cough or cold medicine to children under 6 years old.</strong> Call a doctor first for older kids.</li> <li><strong>Never give aspirin</strong> to a child.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if Your Child Has:</h3> <ul> <li>cold symptoms that get worse or last more than a week</li> <li>cough and congestion <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/allergy.html/">triggered by pollen, dust, pets, etc.</a></li> <li>a barking cough or a cough that is severe and happens in spasms</li> <li>trouble breathing</li> <li>a high fever and appears ill; or any fever in a baby 3 months old&nbsp;or younger</li> <li>a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/">sore throat</a> that makes it hard to eat and drink</li> <li>a bad headache</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Remind kids to:</p> <ul> <li>avoid anyone who has a cold</li> <li>avoid smokers (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/secondhand-smoke.html/">secondhand smoke</a> increases kids' risk of getting sick)</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash their hands</a> well and often, especially after nose-blowing and playing with other kids</li> <li>sneeze and cough into shirtsleeves or tissues — not hands</li> </ul>
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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/cde8bccc-0aac-4680-b312-7fda52b78627
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FeversFevers happen when the body's internal "thermostat" raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body's way of fighting infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/42ab5a5d-1c03-493e-acf5-0ac569d1b946
First Aid: CoughingCoughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe or lingering cough requires medical treatment, but many coughs are caused by viruses that just need to run their course.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cough-sheet.html/71371d0b-9262-4705-9d6a-56967127b77a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/1751c1fa-461c-4b39-9003-a19c00f8549d
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
What's the Difference Between Infectious and Contagious?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contagious.html/791c13a5-95e6-48cc-b05a-8b775ac3244b
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
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