Coughs/Colds

  • Children’s colds

    It’s normal for a child to have eight 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’ve never had them before. Gradually they build up immunity and get fewer colds.

    Most colds get better in five to seven days. Here are some suggestions on how to ease the symptoms in your child: 

    • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
    • Saline nose drops can help loosen dried snot and relieve a stuffy nose. Ask your pharmacist, GP or health visitor about them.
    • If your child has a fever, pain or discomfort, children’s paracetamolor ibuprofen can help. Children with asthma may not be able to take ibuprofen, so check with your pharmacist, GP or health visitor first. Always follow the instructions on the packet.
    • Encourage the whole family to wash their hands regularly to stop the cold spreading.

    Information from NHS website.