Colds vs Seasonal Allergies
Colds: AKA Viral Upper Respiratory Infection
Symptoms by age –
Infants: Fever, nasal discharge, fussiness, difficulty feeding, decreased appetite, difficulty sleeping
Children: Nasal congestion, nasal discharge, cough, sneezing, fever, headache, sore throat, hoarseness, irritability, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite
How often do they occur?
Under age six – Average six to eight colds per year, mostly during September – April. Duration of 14 days. Kids in daycare usually have more episodes of colds. However, when they enter primary school, kids who attended daycare are less vulnerable to colds that those who did not.
Six and older – Average two to four colds per year, duration to seven days.
Common Environmental Allergens: Pollen, dust mites, Mold, cockroach, cats and dogs
Age two years and older
Symptoms: Sneezing, runny nose, nasal obstruction, nasal itching, postnasal drip, cough, irritability, fatigue, itch/watery eyes
Young children may repeatedly snort, sniff, cough, or clear their throat
Under two years: Seasonal allergies are uncommon in children less than two years of age because the development of these symptoms occurs after about two years of allergen exposure, also known as allergic sensitization.