A cold is caused by a virus that affects the nose and throat. It is the most common infectious illness, especially for young children.
Young children may have 8 to 10 colds each year, with the highest number usually being during the first two years in child care, kindergarten or school. A cold in itself is not serious but colds can sometimes lead to other infections such as ear infections, sinusitis and tonsillitis, bronchiolitis and croup and also trigger asthma.
More information about colds and management of colds
Raising Children Network (Australian Government)
Better Health Channel (Victorian Government)
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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