Does Your Child Have Cold Or Flu?

Back-to-school marks the beginning of the ‘cold and flu’ season. Our expert tells you how to find out if your child has a cold or a flu.

By Dr Harish V S

We are all set to welcome the monsoons this year. But what we do not want to welcome are bacteria and viruses that can wreak havoc on our children’s health. After all, who wants the cold, flu and endless visits to a paediatrician. Ever wondered what’s the difference between a common cold and flu? Both common cold and flu are infections of the nose and upper airways. They are often caused by viruses. However, cold generally causes a mild fever whereas flu can lead to a high fever. Additionally, flu usually starts with issues related to the throat while cold generally starts with a runny nose.

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