Fighting a cold

The Common Cold

Parents often worry when their children seem to have one cold after another. A normal, healthy child averages four to eight colds a year. +

Caring for Your Sick Child

Parents know they have choices when their child is sick: They can treat the child at home, make a doctor's appointment, go to the emergency room or call 911. But at times, knowing which choice to make isn’t always clear. +

Help for a Child With a Cold

It starts with a sneeze and a runny nose. From your child's symptoms, you suspect you're dealing with a cold. What will you do? +

Treating Viral Respiratory Illness in Children

Viral respiratory illnesses include colds, flu, and RSV. What to do? +

Kid Care: Colds

There’s no substitute for good old-fashioned loving care. Beyond that, if a child hasn’t had a fever for the past 24 hours and feels okay, he or she can return to regular activities at school and at play. The following suggestions should help your child get back up to speed soon. +


Coughing is a normal reflex that helps clear the lungs. Usually it is a minor annoyance, but sometimes a cough is a sign of a more serious condition. +