What You Should Know About Cold and Flu in Children

Cold and flu are common infections to adults and children, too, except that they might be more chronic and associated with dangerous symptoms when they occur in children. Some of the most common symptoms include a stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. Seeking immediate medical care may help relieve your child’s symptoms and make them feel better. Argyle Pediatrics specializes in providing exceptional care for children of all ages to enhance better health and better living. An Argyle cold/flu specialist offers extensive diagnosis and treatment for common cold and flu in children to alleviate symptoms and prevent severe complications. Call their offices today or book online to schedule your consultation.

Here is what you should know about cold and flu in children.

Are cold and flu the same?

Cold and flu have different symptoms.

A cold usually develops over time; it causes symptoms like a runny nose, cough, or sore throat. A cold is not severe most of the time, and its symptoms go away within a short time with over-the-counter medications. Colds are common during cold seasons but can also occur during other seasons of the year.

A cold is a viral infection caused by viruses such as rhinoviruses or coronaviruses. Usually, children may have about five to six colds every year. But children in school may experience more than ten colds per year.

The symptoms develop two to three days after infection. They may then last for about a week and up to two weeks in infants. A fever of 38-39 degrees Celsius is also likely to occur.

Complications associated with a cold include pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, and bronchitis. On the other hand, flu symptoms may be more severe compared to cold. They may include high fever, loss of appetite, dry cough, and nasal congestion. The child may also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The virus may cause more severe symptoms in infants, including convulsions, breathing difficulties, and dullness. Children under six months are likely to develop severe complications such as pneumonia.

When to seek medical assistance?

Cold and flu may affect your child differently, depending on your child’s immunity and health status. Whatever your case might be, it is essential to seek medical attention from a pediatrician to prevent further complications.

You may also need to visit a pediatrician if your child’s symptoms become worse or develop signs such as:

  • Headaches
  • High fever
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chronic cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

Cold and flu treatments

Before giving treatment, Dr. Jones of Argyle Pediatrics evaluates the child’s symptoms to design the best treatment. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Over the counter medications
  • Rest
  • Taking a lot of fluids

In cases where the child has developed other infections such as sinus infections, Dr. Jones offers antibiotics. The pediatrician expert may recommend a hospital stay to patients with underlying medical conditions or with dehydration to reduce the risk of complications. At Argyle Pediatric, Dr. Jones also offers flu shots to children of six months and above.

Consult Dr. Jones for all your cold and flu issues and treatments. Call or book online to schedule your consultation today.