Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and congestion follow, along with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but possible. Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold.
Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly. Symptoms of the flu include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu in particular is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea. Flu symptoms can last up to a week or more. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two.
Helping your little one avoid the 2009-20010 Cold/Flu Season:
- Using soap and water. For most surfaces, like table tops or handrails, you can probably get by with wiping them down with soap and warm water.
- Disinfecting. For the really germy places — diaper pails, garbage cans, and toilets — disinfect rather than just clean. Although cleaning washes germs away, disinfecting actually kills them.
- Sponges can harbor bacteria and then spread them around your kitchen and bathroom. So replace sponges regularly. If you’re using a cloth, toss it in the washing machine regularly.
- Knowing your limits. Germs are everywhere. When it comes to disinfecting, try not to get too panicky. Remember that every child gets exposed to lots and lots of germs. It’s a natural part of growing up.
At Bright Start, we ask that if you or your child have a cold or flu, please let your EI know and reschedule your visit.