Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Childhood Cold Symptoms

Childhood Cold Cold Versus Flu

The following table compares the symptoms of upper respiratory infection in children and influenza.

Feverrarevery common, > 102 F
Headachemildcommon, often severe
Body achesmild if presentvery common, severe
Weakness, fatiguemild if presentvery common
Extreme exhaustionvery rarecommon early symptom
Sore throatvery commoncommon early symptom
Nasal congestionvery commoncommon
Sneezingvery commonsometimes
Coughmild hacking coughcommon, may be severe
Chest congestionmild, gradual onsetcommon, may be severe
Pleurisymild, gradual onsetcommon, may be severe
Nausea, vomitingraresometimes
Complicationssinusitis, otitis mediapneumonia, dehydration

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Childhood Cold References
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