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how can you distinguish between a cold and a sinus infection in infants?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Cold: Infants do not have a well developed sinus system. They are not prone to develop sinus infections. Allergic rhinitis is also rare in infants. So if your baby has a runny nose and cough it is most likely due to common cold.
Answered on Apr 14, 2017
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
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Infants are do develop bronchiolitis with cold symptoms. This is an infection that includes the lower respiratory tract along with runny nose and cough. Bronchiolitis is most often caused by RSV- respiratory syncytial virus which in older children and adults is looks like a cold.
Apr 14, 2017

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