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How to Know if it’s “Just a Cold”

March 25, 2019

Source: Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care
Article By: Alicia Tezel, MD, FAAP

Short answer: You don’t know!

Allergies, colds, flu…it can be hard to tell these different conditions apart. A cold, also known as a URI (upper respiratory infection), is one of the most common childhood illnesses. The main symptoms that accompany a cold are a runny nose, a cough and fever.

It is important to remember that a cough can last up to three weeks, while the other cold symptoms will subside. If your child is younger than four years old, do not give them cough medicine. Stick with honey or a humidifier. The fever portion of a cold typically lasts less than three days, and your child is usually no longer contagious when the fever breaks. But all of the nose and throat symptoms can take longer to subside.

A cold might be something more if they have ear pain, fast breathing, or yellow discharge from the ears or eyes. Even healthy children can expect to have several colds throughout the year.

Typically, if your child is suffering from allergies, they will also have itchy eyes/throat/body. The flu has a more severe cough, fever, cold, and your child will like have body aches and chills.

Colds typically go away on their own and do not require a doctor visit. Children are likely to have had at least eight colds by the time they are two years old. However, infants should be taken to a pediatrician at the first sign of illness and other young children should be taken when the following signs appear:

  • Symptoms last more than 10 days
  • Lips turn blue
  • Ear pain
  • Temperature above 102℉


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