Chances your child will catch it: 99 percent. Young kids typically get three to 10 colds every year.
Symptoms: A runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, sore throat, headache, and mild fever.
Contagious? Yes, for about five days.
Rx: Make sure your child gets plenty of fluids and rest. Use a cool-mist humidifier. Give her infants' or children's ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce the fever and achiness and saline nose drops if she's congested. Avoid cold medication if your child is under 6.
You need to know: Cold germs can live on toys, door handles, and other surfaces for up to two days. There are more than 200 cold-causing viruses, so chances are your child will catch a different bug each time. But she's more likely to stay healthy if you teach her to avoid touching her eyes and nose and to wash her hands frequently (and thoroughly). Reduce your child's exposure to germs by wiping down grocery carts, restaurant tabletops, and high chairs before using them.