Cold Versus Flu Symptoms in Children

Your child has a running nose, a scratchy throat, and is more tired than usual. How can you tell if they have a cold or the flu? Cold and flu share many similarities, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between them when your child develops symptoms.

Knowing this, we have put together an overview of cold symptoms and flu symptoms to help you tell the difference.

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If your child has a cold, they will likely have symptoms like these:

  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • sneezing
  • cough
  • headache or body aches
  • mild tiredness

If your child has the flu, they will likely have symptoms like these:

  • dry, hacking cough
  • moderate to high fever
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • severe muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • severe fatigue
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea

As you can see, flu symptoms tend to be more severe than cold symptoms. As soon as your child starts to experience any of these, you should contact their provider. They will be able to run the proper tests, treat your child’s symptoms quickly and individually, and get them back to optimal health!

Here are some tips for treating flu symptoms in the meantime.

If you have questions and want to speak with a nurse, you can call 970.267.6715. To make an appointment, you can request online or call 970.482.2515!