Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics won't help your child's cold.
The cold viruses spread easily through the air. Try to keep your child away from people with colds and teach your toddler how to wash her hands and to cover her cough.
Cold symptoms, which usually last about 14 days, may include:
Bronchitis is an infection of the mucous lining of the bronchial (breathing) tubes in your child's lungs. It is usually caused by a virus and must run its course.
Until the virus runs it course, there are some things you can do to help your child feel better.
Infants breathe in and out of their noses until about 4 months of age. You may need to suction your infant's nose with a bulb syringe before she eats. You may also need to use saltwater drops to soften the mucus before you suction it out.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic