Upper Respiratory Infections in Children Overview
What are upper respiratory infections in children?
A child with an upper respiratory infection has inflammation of the nose, sinuses, ears, or throat, caused by a viral infection. The most common name for an upper respiratory infection is a cold. Children average 6 upper respiratory infections per year, while adults average 3 upper respiratory infections per year.
What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infections in children?
Symptoms of upper respiratory infections in children include a runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, ear pain, coughing, fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches. The throat may become red.
How does the doctor treat upper respiratory infections in children?
Treatment for upper respiratory infections in children may include rest, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever, and nonprescription medications for a cough, sore throat, or nasal congestion.
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