Cough, Cold and Flu Infant-Children
It's normal for a child to have 8 or more colds a year.
This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they have never had them before.
They gradually build up immunity and get fewer colds.
Most colds get better in 5 to 7 days but can take up to 2 weeks in small children.
Children under 6 should not have over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, including decongestants, unless advised to by a GP or pharmacist.
Call your doctor if your baby shows signs of one of these things:
Breathing problems : If your baby is making strange noises when taking a breath in, or making loud noises during sleep.
Fever. If your baby is 3 months or younger, call the doctor right away for a temperature of 38C degrees or higher. Babies under 3 months are at higher risk for more serious problems when they get sick.
Extremely sleepy or cranky.
Bad cough. Coughing helps clear mucus from your child's lungs. But call the doctor if it doesn't go away after 72 hours, or if it's so bad it makes them vomit.
Another red flag: Your baby has cold symptoms and there are cases of whooping cough in your community. Call the doctor if they have noisy or troubled breathing, or don't seem to drink enough.
A cold that doesn't go away. If your child's symptoms don't get better after a week, call the doctor to make sure it's not some other type of infection.
Runny nose that doesn't get better. Call your doctor if it doesn't go away, or if your baby is sneezing and has red eyes along with it. It could be a sign of allergies.
Other symptoms. Also call your doctor if your child has serious ear pain, blue lips, or a sore throat with a swollen neck and a fever. These could be signs of another type of illness.