The average cold lasts 7-10 days, some even longer, and consists of mild symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose possibly accompanied by a mild cough. Most colds are caused by viruses for which antibiotics are ineffective. If you are worried, it’s always a reasonable idea to have your pediatrician examine your child for signs of an ear infection or pneumonia. If they do not find anything worrisome, you will not be prescribed antibiotics. To combat a cold, keep your child well rested and give them plenty of fluids. In cold, dry climates, a cool mist humidifier can help loosen nasal congestion.
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