The most common symptoms of the common cold in children include sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. Although not common, it's possible to have a mild fever with a common cold.
Most common colds last anywhere from a few days to a week. If children have been experiencing common cold symptoms for more than a few days, it's generally best to take the child to the pediatrician. What may appear to be a long-lasting common cold may actually be something else, and could indicate a more serious condition that requires special treatment. The pediatricians at Guardian Angels Health Center are very experienced in dealing with the common cold and related illnesses, so they're able to make a diagnosis and help the child get on the road to wellness quickly.
Many parents aren't sure whether their child has a common cold or the flu, since some of the symptoms are similar. However, these illnesses are actually quite different. A common cold usually has many fewer serious symptoms and usually has a shorter duration than that of the flu. If a child has a common cold, they're unlikely to have a temperature, or may have just a minor temperature. With the flu, a higher temperature is more likely. Additionally, vomiting and nausea are associated with the flu more than with the common cold.
No, vaccinations can't prevent the common cold because there are so many different types of viruses that cause colds. A single vaccination can't guard against so many threats.
Rest and getting plenty of water is important in recovery from the common cold. The pediatrician may prescribe a child dose of acetaminophen to help children deal with discomfort caused by the common cold. If the child has a cough and sore throat, cough syrup or other remedies for the throat may be prescribed. In general, common colds will pass with time but the pediatrician may be able to help children feel better faster.