Kids are chronically busy. Between school, sports, extracurricular activities, and just having fun, they're always on the go and always picking up germs along the way. If your child seems to get a runny nose or cough with every season change and each crowded gathering, you're not alone. Germs can be picked up from every surface and even in the air.
Unfortunately, the fact that kids and germs go hand in hand doesn't make the job of caring for a sick child any easier. Distinguishing between the symptoms of the common cold and other medical conditions is not always clear and finding the right over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for symptom relief is not always easy. Choosing an OTC can feel like a lot when you’re an exhausted parent with a sick kid at home.
Although it might be impossible to completely relax when your child is under the weather, learning more about the common cold and flu symptoms in kids can help. Here, we break down kids’ cold, cough, and flu symptoms and share information about common children's OTC medicine that can help kids find relief.