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Common Cold

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A cold is an infection caused by many different viruses. Colds can cause runny nose, sneezing, cough and fever.Your child doesn’t need antibiotics because colds are caused by a virus. Colds usually get better on their own. The best thing you can do is make sure your child drinks enough and is comfortable.

You should see a doctor right away if your child:

  • has a fever for 5 days
  • doesn’t get any better after 5 days
  • has trouble breathing
  • has blue or purple lips
  • has a stiff or painful neck
  • is very sleepy, and hard to wake up
  • is dehydrated (dry mouth, no pee, no tears)

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Current as of: March 13, 2017

Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services