Cold & Flu

Common Questions About Children's Colds

How do children get colds?

A cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat that is spread in a number of different ways. For example, colds are passed through physical contact with another child with a cold or with a contaminated item that was previously touched by someone who has a cold. Also, colds can be passed by breathing in germs from someone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why do children get so many colds?

Actually, a child will probably experience more colds and upper respiratory infections than any other illness. In fact, it is common for children to catch 8 to 10 colds within the first 2 years of their lives. And, if your child is in day care or attends school, it is more likely that he or she will catch more colds than if not. It may ease your mind to know that many colds go away by themselves and do not lead to anything worse.

What can I use to help treat the pains associated with common cold? What do I need to know about giving my child medication?

You can try Children’s Advil® to help treat the pains associated with the common cold.
Read package labels carefully. Make sure you are giving your child the right amount of medicine. For liquid medicines, only use the measuring device that comes with that particular product to be sure you give the right dose. An ordinary kitchen teaspoon may not hold the right amount of medicine. You should use all medications according to the label directions and speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.