How do I know if my child has a cold?

One of the most common first signs of a cold is a general feeling of being unwell. If your child has a cold, they may seem irritable and not their usual energetic selves. As the cold progresses your child may develop some of the following symptoms:

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A sore throat
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches, body aches and pains
  • Sometimes a cold can also trigger a fever (high temperature)

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, seek advice from your doctor.

How can I help my child recover from a cold?

We can all feel miserable when we have a cold – and your child is no different. Here are some ways you can help make them feel better, such as:

  • Offer your child plenty of fluids
  • Ensure they rest

You may want to consider giving them some pain relief medicine. Nurofen for Children offers pain relief for children from 3 months and can also help reduce fever.