Sneezing, coughing, sniffling, and a runny nose, sore throat, chest congestion, and fever (in the case of kids), are the most recognized symptoms of the common cold. The common cold is caused by a viral infection that can take affect the nose, mouth, throat, or lungs and cause the above symptoms. Most kids get over a cold quickly, though it can last longer and be more severe than for adults. These are signs that a trip to the doctor is on the cards.
Go to hospital if:
- The child is younger than three months
- A stuffed or runny nose that gets worse or does not get better after two weeks.
- A cough that lasts more than 10 days
- A fever of more than 38 degree
- Signs of having an ear infection such as ear pain, pulling at the ears and others
- Refusal to drink anything for a long time
- Kids under six-years-old shouldn’t be given any over the counter cold medicine
- Avoid giving kids under the age of 18 years aspirin
- Medicine that has acetominophen or nonprescription medicines should be given according to dose stated
It’s important to clean hands often with soap and water as the germs that cause the common cold can live on tables, door handles, and other surfaces for at least two hours.
If in doubt call you nearest clinic or hospital and get more information.
Sourced from Beijing United Family Hospital.
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