Child with the Flu

Guest post by Samantha Brennan

Most often caused by rhinovirus, colds are common during winter. A cold is typically contagious during the first 2 to 4 days after symptoms begin, and for up to 3 weeks. It is easily spread by person-to-person contact or by person-to-surface contact and to help prevent its spread is one of the primary reasons that regular and thorough handwashing is so important.

Symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • May include sore throat, cough, headache, mild fever, fatigue, muscle aches and/or loss of appetite

Treatment

Medicine will not cure a cold, but it may help relieve your child’s muscle aches, headache, and fever.

Ask your healthcare professional about symptoms to watch for that may require medical care. In addition: Never give cold medicine to a child under the age of 6 without direct instructions from your healthcare professional.