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What is the difference between influenza and common cold in children?

Every year during the flu season, once the baby has fever, sneezing or runny nose, the parents are extremely nervous and afraid of the baby’s success. Because many parents are not sure whether the baby has a cold or flu, they have no idea and can only be “nervous”. So what is the difference between the pediatric flu and the common cold?

What is the difference between influenza and common cold in children?
What is the difference between influenza and common cold in children?

There are several ways to distinguish common cold from influenza:
There are obvious differences in symptoms Common cold and mild flu are mostly similar in clinical symptoms, such as nasal obstruction and runny nose, which are often difficult to distinguish. However, parents can find out the clue through some clues.
Pay attention to fever The common cold usually has no fever or mild or moderate fever, and the fever lasts only 1~2 days without accompanying chills. Influenza is mostly a sudden high fever of 39~40℃, lasting for 3~5 days, possibly accompanied by chills.
Attention to systemic symptoms The common cold has few or no systemic symptoms, such as headache, sore throat, muscle soreness, extreme fatigue, anorexia, etc., but these are all typical symptoms of influenza. Parents should pay attention to whether the baby is uncomfortable in these aspects.
Pay attention to the onset time The course of common cold is not long, it lasts about 1~3 days, and the onset of common cold is not divided into seasons. It is likely to be caught in spring, summer, autumn and winter. However, the course of influenza is relatively long, mostly lasting for 5-10 days, mostly in winter and spring seasons. If the baby has suspected flu symptoms during this season, parents must take the baby to the hospital for testing and treatment as soon as possible.

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