7 tell-tale signs your baby has a cold

Sick toddler with toys

It can be so hard to know what your baby is going through when they’re unwell, and even harder for them to tell you!

A cold can last from a few days to over a week. Treat your child’s symptoms with plenty of fluids, rest, cuddles and (where appropriate) the recommended dosage of children’s paracetamol. Here’s a speedy cheat sheet to catch you up on seven symptoms of the common cold — and how and why they might present in your little one.

1. A cough and/or a sore throat

Picture 1 of 7


Colds are the most common cause of coughs in children, and can also cause a sore throat. Coughs are caused by a viral infection, meaning antibiotics are not a treatment option. They can hang about for weeks, developing into a post-viral cough.

Coughs caused by bacterial infections are rarer - and not associated with the common cold - but CAN be treated with antibiotics.

Podcasts

Subscribe to Babyology

Our email newsletters keep you up to date with what’s happening on Babyology.

We also have special newsletter-only offers and competitions that are exclusive to Babyology subscribers.

Sign up below:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Send this to a friend