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    Helping your child during Cold and Flu season: Causes, symptoms and relief

    Why does my child have a cold?

    Catching a viral infection is very common especially during the winter months. While adults generally catch 2 to 5 colds each year, children can experience an average of 6-12 colds per year.

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    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.  

    Important information

    This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

    This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

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