The childhood illness may be due to several factors like the sudden changes in the climate, weather and temperature.
You can know the childhood illness by observing some symptoms like common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, fever etc.
Here are the symptoms of common cold, which is the most common childhood illness that is observed through out the world.
Most of you think that you can recognize the symptoms of cold very easily that are mild and remain for weeks. But, you can often mistake the symptoms of common cold for flu, sinus infections and allergies.
As the common cold affects your children mostly up to 6 to 12 times a year, you should be able to know the symptoms regarding the common cold.
The symptoms are observed in your child only 2 to 3 days after the virus gets in contact with the child. There are many viruses that cause the common cold. They are Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), corona viruses, rhinoviruses, parainfluenza and many others.
The common cold symptoms include:
- Head ache
- Fever, which may go to 102 by low grade
- Sore throat
- Running nose, at first it will be clear but it turns into thick green or yellow discharge later on
Sinus or cold Vs Allergy symptoms:
How can you differentiate between sinus infection and cold, flu or the allergy? Usually, you will be confused because all these cause cough, congestion and running nose.
When you compare the symptoms of flu, the symptoms of common cold are milder. They include fatigue, body ache and high fever. But the symptoms of sinus infection are very similar to that of common cold symptoms. They linger more than seven to ten days.
Is the yellow or green running nose is misinterpreted as sinus infection? Your child can have yellow or green colored fluid running from their nose, which is the common cold symptom.
The sickness of your child is important and not the color of running nose that determines whether it is sinus infection or not.
In the first days of the cold, the allergies are especially confused with the common cold symptoms. Here are some questions that will help you determine the cold symptoms in your child instead of the allergy.
- Is your child nearer to any other kid with the common cold?
- Is he having low grade fever? Is the running nose fluid of your child green in color?
- Is your child allergic out of the season?
If you observe low grade fever, running nose with green fluid, nearer to other sick child, and if it is not the allergy season for your child, then it is conformed that your child has cold and not the allergies.
During the autumn, if your child is allergic to ragweed with the clear fluid from running nose, it can be due to allergies. You can consult your pediatrician, if you have any doubts regarding these causes.