Cold and flu are very common among children, but not always easy to treat. Learn what the signs and symptoms of a cold and flu are so you can find quick and easy treatment solutions so the entire family can feel their best every day.
A cold typically stays in your head—with symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose1
Cold symptoms are generally less severe than flu symptoms1
Cold symptoms develop over a few days and can last 7 to 10 days1,2
Involve similar symptoms like cough, sore throat, and congestion1
Are caused by a virus1
Usually go away on their own1
The flu affects your entire body—with symptoms like fever, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue1
The flu typically involves more severe symptoms1
Flu symptoms usually come on more quickly and last less than two weeks1,3
Almost everyone ages 6 months and older should get a flu shot each year. Your child can get a flu shot from your Walgreens pharmacist or Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioner (state and age restrictions apply).
Antibiotics are not needed to treat a cold or flu as they are both caused by a virus. But some over-the-counter treatments can help your child feel better until their symptoms resolve.
Make sure to read the directions before administering to make sure the medication matches your child's symptoms.
It is also important to avoid duplicating ingredients when using multi-symptom cold products with several ingredients.
And keep in mind the proper age guidelines for medications when treating your little one's cold and flu symptoms:
Consult your child's doctor before using any cold and flu medications.
You may use most pediatric cold and flu medications, but follow label guidelines.
Cold and flu tend to have many of the same symptoms and can be managed with the same approaches.
Walgreens brand Children's Multi-Symptom Cold Liquid relieves cough and nasal congestion and helps loosen phlegm.
Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold loosens phlegm and provides cough and nasal congestion relief.
Dimetapp Children's Cold & Cough Liquid relieves stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, and cough.
Children's Sudafed PE temporarily relieves nasal congestion.
Little Remedies Saline Spray/Drops relieves nasal congestion and temporarily restores freer breathing.
Walgreens brand Children's Ibuprofen relieves minor aches and pains and reduces fever.
Children's Tylenol relieves minor aches and pains and reduces fever.
1. National Institutes of Health. https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/10/cold-flu-or-allergy Accessed October 4, 2017
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html Accessed November 2, 2017
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm Accessed November 2, 2017
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