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How Do You Know If Your Child Has The Flu Or A Cold?
A look at the symptoms of the flu and cold will help you recognize the difference the next time your child sneezes or has the sniffles.
The common cold is caused by a virus. Symptoms of a cold may include some or all of the following:
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sore throat
• Feeling tired and achy
• Low fever of about 100°F to 101°F
In most cases, a cold will last about 3 to 10 days. Very rarely, and only in very severe cases, the symptoms may last up to 2 weeks.
The flu too is caused by a virus but it is different from the one that causes colds. The flu virus is more prevalent between the month of October and May. Flu symptoms may include:
• Fever that is usually higher than 100°F
• Body ache and headache
These symptoms may be accompanied by a runny nose and sore throat. The flu usually lasts about one to two weeks.
Differences in Treatment
Both, flu or a cold are caused by viruses. They cannot be killed by antibiotics. Taking antibiotics could end up causing more harm and should be avoided.
Treatment for cold symptoms in children usually involves giving medication to ease their stuffy nose and sinuses and to alleviate the pain. If there is excessive coughing, cough suppressants are sometimes prescribed to soothe the throat. Plenty of vitamin C can help boost your child’s immunity. It is also important to ensure they stay hydrated and get enough sleep when you they a cold.
Treating for flu symptoms is almost similar. The Pediatrician will prescribe mild, child-friendly medication to reduce fever and to ease the body aches. As with colds, it is important to ensure that your child stays hydrated and gets enough sleep during this time.
It is advisable to keep your child at home whether they have the flu or a cold. This is to prevent it from spreading as both are contagious.