The Common Cold

Children are particularly prone to colds and flu as it takes time for their immune system to build up resistance to these viruses.

Colds and flu can occur all year around, but are especially common during the winter months. A cold can be very unpleasant for your child, but it usually clears up by itself within a few days, and without medical care.


What are the symptoms of a common cold?

The symptoms of a common cold can include:

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or blocked nose

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Slight fever


How can I ease my child's cold?

Our best advice is for you to help your child rest up, eat well and keep hydrated. At this point, there is very little we can do for your child as the virus simply needs to run its course.

Some over the counter medicines may help if your child has a headache or slight fever. Your local pharmacist should be able to advise you on appropriate medication for your child.

If you have any questions about the best treatment for your child you are welcome to get in touch. 


Contact us if your child...

  • Or you have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

  • Has a very high temperature, severe headache or abdominal pain.

  • Is vomiting but doesn’t have diarrheoa.

  • Has a rash in addition to a fever.

  • Stops drinking and is unusually sleepy or listless.

  • Shows other signs of illness as well as a fever.

Always contact us if your baby’s temperature is 38C (100.4F) or higher if they are under three months, or 39C (102.2F) or higher they are three to six months.


Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment.


Useful Links

NHS Living Well - Coping with Cold & Flu

Cardiff University - The Common Cold

HSE - Under The weather


Content developed from HSE and NHS Choices  
is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway