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Soothing Your Child’s Cold

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Before giving your child cold medicine, especially if you have a young child, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist and make sure the medicine is safe for your child.

When to Call the Doctor

More often than not, your child's cold will simply run its course, and you won't need to go to a doctor. 

But call your child's doctor if you see any of these symptoms, which can be a sign that your child has developed an infection or more serious illness:

  • Earache or drainage from the ear.
  • Fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or fever lasting more than 6 days.
  • Cold or cough that lasts more than 10 days.
  • Bluish skin color.
  • Wheezing, fast breathing, or trouble breathing.
  • Inability to drink enough fluids.
  • Extreme irritability, difficulty being aroused from sleep, or seizure.
  • Flu-like symptoms that return with a fever and worsening cough.
  • A nagging, wet cough that doesn't get better with other treatments.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on July 09, 2014

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