Conditions + Treatments

Cold in Children

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Overview

A cold, also called an upper respiratory infection (URI), is a collection of symptoms and one of the most common illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness each year.

  • Most children will develop at least six to ten colds a year. This number increases for children who attend daycare.
  • Colds do not happen as much after the age of 6.
  •  Adolescents and adults get colds about two to four times a year.
  • It is estimated that during a one-year period, people in the United States will suffer one billion colds.

How Children's approaches colds

Children's experts have testified in front of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on the dangers of giving cough and cold medicines to children under age 6. Our physicians and researchers are also vocal about the danger of antibiotic resistance that can develop when antibiotics are overprescribed or prescribed incorrectly—for example, for the common cold.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337

Close