Pediatric Advice


Upper respiratory infection – the most common viral illness of childhood

Upper Respiratory Infections can involve the nose, mouth, sinuses, or throat. These are usually viral infections and are very common in babies and children. Most children have 6-8 colds a year and they often last 7-10 days. For some kids, especially those in daycare it seems that they always have a cold. Occasionally colds will lead to an ear infection or sinus infection, but the large majority of colds are self limited and will go away on their own. We can help a bit with comfort measures, but there is nothing other than time that will make the cold disappear.


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