When your child has a common cold, it can be concerning and frustrating for both of you. Jilly Vidyasagaran, MD, of Fairmont Pediatrics offers expert diagnosis and treatment for your child’s cold symptoms from her offices in La Porte and Pasadena, Texas. If your child has a cold, call one of her offices or schedule an appointment online today.
The common cold is a condition that refers to a viral infection that affects your nose, throat, and airways. A cold is not a serious illness but can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
An infant with a cold may have additional symptoms, such as:
Typically, when your child has a cold, their symptoms resolve in a week to 10 days. Treatments usually focus on relieving their discomfort so they can eat and rest well.
Sometimes, cold symptoms develop into something more serious, such as strep throat, asthma, acute sinusitis, pneumonia, or a severe ear infection.
You may need to see Dr. Vidyasagaran if your child develops any of these symptoms:
If your child has asthma or a history of strep throat, Dr. Vidyasagaran may suggest they need an exam with the first signs of a cold.
Because the common cold is a viral infection, symptoms usually just need to run their course. However, you can help relieve your child’s discomfort by:
Some over-the-counter medicines may be helpful for relief, but not all are the best for your child. Check with Dr. Vidyasagaran for her medication recommendations for your child, which will depend on their symptoms, medical history, and age.
If your child has a common cold or is having worsening symptoms that are causing you concern, call Fairmont Pediatrics or schedule an appointment online today.