Helping Your Child Through the Cold and Flu Season

Helping Your Child Through the Cold and Flu Season

Why does my child have a cold?

A cold is a mild but catching viral infection that is very common during the winter months. In the UK, adults generally catch 2 to 4 colds a year. However, because infants have little resistance to infections they can be unfortunate enough to suffer around 8 colds a year [1].

How do I know if my child has a cold?

One of the most common first signs of a cold is a general feeling of being unwell. If your child has a cold they may seem irritable and not their usual energetic selves. As the cold progresses your child may develop some of the following symptoms: Runny or blocked nose 

How can I help my child recover from a cold?

We all feel miserable when we have a cold and your child is no different. Although there is no cure for the common cold virus, there are ways you can help aid a speedier recovery.

  • Offer your child plenty of fluids
  • Ensure they rest
  • Use a children’s medicine to relieve pain and fever symptoms.

References

[1] https://www.nct.org.uk/weekly-email-sign-up?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=Advert&utm_campaign=PBemail 

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