Coughs/Colds

  • Children’s colds

    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.

  • Here are some suggestions for 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 paracetamol or 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.

    Children’s coughs

    Children often cough when they have a cold because of mucus trickling down the back of the throat.

    If your child is feeding, drinking, eating and breathing normally and there’s no wheezing, a cough is not usually anything to worry about.

    Although it’s upsetting to hear your child cough, coughing helps clear away phlegm from the chest or mucus from the back of the throat.

    If your child has had a cough that’s lasted longer than 3 weeks, see your GP.

    If your child’s temperature is very high, or they feel hot and shivery, they may have a chest infection. You should take them to a GP or you can call 111.

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    Information from NHS Website