Conquering Colds and Flu

When to Get Help

These red flags mean your child may have more than just the sniffles.

  • Rapid or labored breathing. The baby is clearly struggling to breathe -- he may flare his nostrils, and the skin between his ribs might suck in with each breath.
  • Increasing sickness. Your baby becomes quieter, limp, or pale, and appears more miserable instead of getting better.
  • A fever of 101 degrees or higher for two days or more. It doesn't guarantee a secondary infection, but you should check it out.
  • Mother's intuition. If your child looks and acts extremely ill and it's making you anxious, call your doctor. "How sick a child looks is more important than how high his fever is," William Sears, MD, says.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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