Cold & Flu

Cold and flu symptoms in children include sneezing, runny nose, and fever. Learn the best cold and flu treatments and remedies to soothe your sick kid.

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The Best Thermometers for Kids and Families
During cold and flu season, you'll want an accurate thermometer for detecting fever. Here, we recommend five top-rated options on the market today.
Is It Allergies or a Cold? Here's How to Tell the Difference
Allergies and colds can present with similar symptoms in kids, ranging from runny nose and sneezing to cough and sore throat. Here, we spoke with an expert to learn the key differences that could help you make a diagnosis.
The Flu vs. COVID-19: How to Navigate the Differences and Stay Healthy This Season
This cold and flu season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic but we can help you go forth armed with knowledge. Here, experts answer your biggest questions around navigating symptoms in the time of COVID-19.
Tamiflu and Kids: Everything Parents Need to Know
Tamiflu can decrease the severity of flu symptoms and shorten the illness by about 24 hours. Learn about who should take the antiviral medication, the potential side effects, and whether Tamiflu is safe for kids.
The Most Common Side Effects of the Flu Shot in Kids Are Mild—Here's What Parents Need to Know
The influenza shot can cause mild side effects in children and toddlers, but they shouldn't deter your family from getting vaccinated. Here's what experts have to say.
Is It RSV or a Cold? An Age-By-Age Symptom Guide
When the sniffles and coughing begin, how can you tell if it's RSV? Experts break down the most common RSV symptoms in kids, toddlers, babies, and even adults so you can keep your family safe.
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I'm a Dad and a Pediatrician: Here's When I Worry About a Cold
You don't want your coughing, sniffling kid to suffer unnecessarily when antibiotics might clear things up, but you'd also rather avoid going to the doctor if they can't help. As a pediatrician and father of five, I can help you figure this out.
Stress Relief Advice for Moms During Flu Season
If the all-caps notices from daycare stress you out every flu season, you're not alone. Here's how to calm your nerves and quiet your mind so you can focus on caring for your kids.
Should My Kid Stay Home From School or Daycare? An Age-By-Age Guide

Can't tell whether your child's illness is contagious? Here are some guidelines detailing when, exactly, to keep them home from school.