This article has been provided to Mumbler by the Hull NHS CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).
When should I worry?
After almost two years of doing our best to avoid COVID-19, and subsequently all other coughs, colds and infections, it is safe to say that the common winter cold is back with a vengeance.
This is particularly true in children. It may feel as though little ones are coming home from nursery and school with a variety of cold and flu like symptoms every other day! These are usually not serious and nothing to worry about. Snot, sniffles and sneezes are, more or less, a rite of passage and will clear up with rest, time and over-the-counter medicines.
Thankfully a child’s immune system is very powerful and will work to clear up most common infections by itself without the need for antibiotics.
This helpful guide, produced by medical teams in Wales, is ideal to save as a favourite, print out and keep in the medicine cabinet, or send to that friend who text you at 1am last night struggling with a poorly child who just wouldn’t sleep in their own bed.
It provides really useful information on fever, fits, coughs, colds, sore throats, snot and so much more. It also has a quick guide around when you should worry and signs of serious illness not to be ignored.
You know your child best. If you are worried about their illness, seek medical advice. Speak to your child’s doctor or practice nurse, for children aged 2 and above visit a local pharmacy for advice on over-the-counter remedies or call or go online to NHS 111 for help and support.
Although other coughs, colds and bugs do exist, if your child has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 it is important to get a PCR test and stay home, without visitors, until they have received their results. Find out more and book a test here.