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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Colds (Upper Respiratory Tract Infections/URI)

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: March 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is a cold?

What causes it?

Who can get it?

What are the signs and symptoms?
Most children have several colds a year. Symptoms may include:

Is a cold contagious?

How is it treated?
Colds cannot be treated with antibiotics. Doctors can do very little to treat a cold. Treatment is aimed at making the child more comfortable. The following suggestions may help:

How long does it last?

Can it be prevented?

When should I call the doctor?

Quick Answers


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