Upper Respiratory Infection, Child

Upper respiratory infection is the long name for a common cold. A cold can be caused by 1 of more than 200 germs. A cold spreads easily and quickly.


  • Have your child rest as much as possible.

  • Have your child drink enough fluids to keep his or her pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Keep your child home from daycare or school until their fever is gone.

  • Tell your child to cough into their sleeve rather than their hands.

  • Have your child use hand sanitizer or wash their hands often. Tell your child to sing "happy birthday" twice while washing their hands.

  • Keep your child away from smoke.

  • Avoid cough and cold medicine for kids younger than 4 years of age.

  • Learn exactly how to give medicine for discomfort or fever. Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age.

  • Make sure all medicines are out of reach of children.

  • Use a cool mist humidifier.

  • Use saline nose drops and bulb syringe to help keep the child's nose open.


  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • Your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your child has a hard time breathing.

  • Your child complains of an earache.

  • Your child complains of pain in the chest.

  • Your child has severe throat pain.

  • Your child gets too tired to eat or breathe well.

  • Your child gets fussier and will not eat.

  • Your child looks and acts sicker.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.