Colds and flu can be uncomfortable for anyone, but for kids, it can be especially rough. Fortunately, as a parent, you have a skilled pediatric care team to rely on for help in these situations. At Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey, Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, are here to support your child with the fastest and easiest recovery possible. Same-day appointments are available, so book online or by phone today.
A cold is a virus that causes upper respiratory tract symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, and sore throat. Sometimes, colds can cause a low-grade fever as well. Generally, colds last for anywhere from several days up to 10 days.
The flu is caused by specific influenza viruses. As with a cold, the flu affects your child's upper respiratory tract and causes symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, or stuffy nose. But, with the flu, your child may also have bodywide symptoms like chills, body aches, and exhaustion.
Your child may also lose their appetite. Flu often causes a fever, and it's usually higher than a cold-induced fever at over 102°F. Usually, the flu lasts for anywhere from a week up to a maximum of around three weeks.
Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler diagnose colds based on your child's symptoms. If it's potentially a flu case, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may do a quick flu test in which they swab your child's nose or throat. The test takes just a few minutes so you'll get results in that same appointment.
Although there's no cure for either, some specific home care can really help your child feel comfortable. Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may recommend over-the-counter products like Children's Tylenol® to reduce fever and alleviate aches and pains.
Give your child plenty of fluids, as recommended by Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler, and allow them to rest as much as possible. A bedroom humidifier may help alleviate nasal congestion. If your child has the flu, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler may prescribe an antiviral to help them recover faster.
If your child gets an antiviral medication, Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler will discuss potential side effects with you before starting the drug. The best way to prevent flu in the future is to schedule yearly flu shots for your child. The shot only take a few minutes and the protection lasts all year.
Use the online scheduler or call to book your child's appointment at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness now.