Winter allergies and a cold are two different things; a common cold is a viral infection of a child’s nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It’s usually harmless, although many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Winter allergies, also referred to as “hay fever” or seasonal allergic rhinitis, present allergy symptoms during certain times, usually during winter, because of the colder and harsher weather. Trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants, causing winter allergies.
What are the symptoms of cold in children?
Symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. Signs and symptoms, which can vary from child to child, might include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Generally feeling unwell
What are the symptoms of winter allergies in children?
Allergy symptoms in a child may include:
- Itchy nose and throat
- Nasal congestion
- Clear, runny nose
- Postnasal drip
When to see a doctor?
Please consult an Intercare doctor straight away if your child presents with any of the following:
- Fever of 38°C in newborns and babies up to 12 weeks old.
- Rising fever or fever lasting more than two days in a child of any age.
- Severe symptoms, such as headache, throat pain, or cough.
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing.
- Ear pain.
- Extreme fussiness.
- Unusual drowsiness.
- Lack of appetite.
How to prevent winter allergies and colds
You can prevent winter allergies by taking allergy medication, cleaning out your nose and sinuses, or taking preventive measures that can help reduce the symptoms. Your doctor can help with the management of allergies.