Colds are triggered by a variety of viruses. In fact, more than 200 viruses, all highly contagious, are suspected of triggering the combination of symptoms -- achiness, congestion, coughing and sniffles -- that define a cold.
Don't look now, but there are more than 200 viruses hanging out on hands, doorknobs, and toys that can give your child a cold. That's why babies and toddlers -- notorious for putting everything into their mouths -- and school-age kids, who spend their days in germ-packed classrooms, often sniffle and cough all winter long. We've got ways to protect your child at any age.
Your child is sneezing, blowing her nose, coughing.... Has she picked up some kind of bug? Maybe not. Take our quiz and find out whether your child is exhibiting symptoms of allergies or your basic cold.
Over-the-counter cold and cough medicines should no longer be given to children younger than 4, according to a new warning from the makers of these children's medications. The FDA is still evaluating whether they're safe for children under 11. So what do you do if you child's coughing the night away or sneezing nonstop? We asked top pediatricians how to help your child feel better and sleep soundly -- safely.