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Facts about Children's Colds


The common cold is a viral disease which affects the lining within your nose.  It only takes about 1 week to recover, therefore making it a minor condition.  Children are still able to attend nursery whilst suffering with a cold. Below is a top fact list about colds:

1. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a cold.

2. Cold viruses don't make us feel ill - it's our own immune response that makes us ill!

3. Cold germs can survive for up to 3 hours outside of the nasal passage.

4. You can catch a cold through your eyes!  This is caused by infected droplets of mucus from the air or hands.

5. There is no vaccine for the common cold, since there are more then 100 different viruses that can result in a cold.

6. Colds are more common during seasonal changes when humidity is low.

7. Colds are more common in children since they lack a resistance to infection.

8. Women get more colds then men - due to increased interaction with children.

9. Children in a school environment can have almost 3-8 colds a year.

10. Paracetamol is generally used to treat the common cold.

11. Common symptoms of a cold are runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throats and watery eyes. 

12. Up to 100,000 virus particles can be spread over an area of 30 feet in just one 'atishoo'!

13. A cold isn't spread by kissing - it's the coughs and sneezes that spread the virus.

Facts about Children's Flu


Flu is an infectious and common viral ilness spread by coughs and sneezes also known as 'seasonal flu'.  Below is a top fact list about children's flu:

1. Antibiotics are of no use because it is caused by a virus and not by bacteria.

2. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high tempreture and relieve aches.

3. Flu causes sudden high tempereture, headache, general aches and pains, tiredness, sore throat, loss of appetite, nauseous and coughs.

4. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. 

5. Did you know the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours and soft surfaces for around 20 minutes!

6. You can infect others with a cold or flu virus a whole day before you realise you have it yourself!

7. Children tend to be contagious for an even longer period before actually showing symptoms signs of flu.

Facts about Children's Temperatures


Most fevers/high temperatures in children are not serious and are due to the common infections of childhood such as coughs, colds and other viral infections.  Below is a top fact list about children's temperatures:

1. Fever happens when the body internal 'thermostat' raises the body temperature above it's normal level.

2. The body temperatures change and vary as children run around, play and excercise.

3. Most fevers are caused by an infection or another illness.

4. The increase of your body's temperature makes it harder for the bacteria and viruses that cause infections to survive.

5. You can use paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat any distress or discomfort caused by the fever.

Facts about Children's Coughs


A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke.  Below is a top fact list about coughs:

1. Coughs may be dry or chesty.

2. Most coughs clear up within 3 weeks.

3. Treatment isn't usually necessary.

4. Did you know that the average human cough would fill about three quarters of a two litre drinks bottle with air!

5. There are around 3,000 droplets of saliva are expelled in a single cough!

6. Some of them fly out of the mouth at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour!



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