What parents need to know about colds and allergies in children
Our Plano pediatricians know that both colds and allergies in children can make our young patients’ lives miserable. Both can be marked by runny noses, sore throats and generally not feeling well. However, these ailments require different treatments. As a result, it’s important to be able to identify which is which.
The difference between colds and allergies in children
When it comes to definitive answers about colds and allergies, turn to our Plano pediatricians. They have the training and expertise to offer research-supported treatment options that can make your child’s life a lot easier. In the meantime, here are some of the key signs that can help you tell the difference between colds and allergies in children.
- Duration. The common cold usually goes away in two weeks or less. However, allergy symptoms can last weeks or months.
- Fever. Low fevers are common during a cold, but allergies don’t cause them.
- Peer group. Do you keep hearing about “a bug going around?” If your child’s friends are also sniffling, it’s likely a cold. When your child is the only one, it may be allergies.
One of the biggest differences between colds and allergies in children is in how they are treated. For children with seasonal allergies, our Plano pediatricians might recommend a daily allergy medication to reduce histamine levels. Allergy symptoms are caused by the immune system’s release of histamine against an allergen, which the immune system identifies as a threat.
For children with a cold, we will suggest plenty of fluids and rest. Our doctors may also recommend medication to help with the symptoms. However, because colds are viral, medication can’t treat the underlying infection the way that antibiotics can treat a bacterial infection. Before you give your child any medication, consult with your child’s pediatrician.
Good health for kids
For both colds and allergies in children, our Plano pediatricians know that an extra dose of love from parents can help kids feel a lot better. We take great pride in empowering parents to help promote the health and well-being of their children. Our team is available by phone around-the-clock for urgent questions or concerns.
For questions about your child’s health or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.