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Cold Symptoms in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What are the symptoms of a common cold?

A common cold is caused by a viral infection. The infection usually affects your child's upper respiratory system. Your child may have any of the following:

How is a common cold treated?

Colds are caused by viruses and will not respond to antibiotics. Medicines are used to help control a cough, lower a fever, or manage other symptoms. Do not give over-the-counter cough or cold medicines to children younger than 4 years. These medicines can cause side effects that may harm your child. Your child may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I relieve my child's symptoms?

How can I help prevent the spread of germs?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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