The “common cold” or viral upper respiratory infection is the most common infection seen in infants and children (and adults for that matter). Many normal infants and toddlers will have 6-12 colds in a year! Older children may have 2-5 colds a year. While colds usually are not serious, they cause runny nose, congestion, and cough which can be very uncomfortable and annoying.
How do you know if it’s more serious than a cold? Let’s review key markers of a cold and learn when it’s time to call your doctor.