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How do you know if child has upper respiratory infection or cold?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Some people call an upper respiratory infection a cold, both are usually caused by a virus and treating the symptoms is all that is necessary while your body fights the infection.
If your child is has a fever, is having trouble eating or breathing, you should see your family doctor. Colds, and all other upper respiratory infections, are contagious, so avoid coughing/touching or kissing people.

In brief: The same

Some people call an upper respiratory infection a cold, both are usually caused by a virus and treating the symptoms is all that is necessary while your body fights the infection.
If your child is has a fever, is having trouble eating or breathing, you should see your family doctor. Colds, and all other upper respiratory infections, are contagious, so avoid coughing/touching or kissing people.
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