By Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates
November 19, 2014
Tags: Having a cold   sick child  

Does My Child Have a Cold?Sick Child

Colds may be common, but that does not mean caring for your child’s cold is easy.  To help your little one feel better, Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates, your pediatrician in Fort Washington, is available to offer tips on what you need to know about your child’s cold.  The common children’s cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that usually lasts a week or two.  

The typical preschool-age child may experience 6-10 colds per year.  Most colds resolve on their own with rest and fluids, but some may lead to ear infections, sinus infections, asthma attacks, or other complications.  

Caused by viruses, colds can be spread through a sneeze or cough.  The virus may also be spread indirectly, through touching the hand of a healthy person, or even by using door handles with your hand you may have just sneezed or coughed into.  Once the virus is present and multiplying, your child will develop the familiar symptoms and signs:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild fever, particularly in the evening
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • On-and-off irritability
  • Slightly swollen glands

Many parents become confused about the proper way to treat a coughing, sneezing child, because colds and allergies often have overlapping symptoms.  When in doubt, talk to your Fort Washington pediatrician who will know exactly what is causing your child’s symptoms, especially if they are persistent or worsen with time.  

If your child has a typical cold without complications, the symptoms should disappear on their own after seven to ten days.  Your Fort Washington pediatrician may want to see your child if symptoms do not improve and is not completely recovered within one week from the start of their illness.  

Contact Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates, your pediatrician in Fort Washington, for further treatment, and to better understand your child’s cold symptoms.