Upper respiratory infections in kids are common and can cause cold symptoms. These infections can be caused by many types of viruses that infect the respiratory tract. This kind of infection is typically dubbed the common cold, and symptoms may last anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
What Are The Symptoms?
Upper respiratory tract infection symptoms may include:
- Stuffy nose or runny nose
- Low-grade fever.
- Sore throat
- Sneezing or coughing
- Trouble breathing
- Ear pain or itching (URIs may cause ear infections)
Upper respiratory infections in kids younger than 4 years old can be severe, so monitor their symptoms vigilantly to ensure they do not worsen.
How Are Upper Respiratory Infections Diagnosed?
Upper respiratory infections can be easily diagnosed by your medical provider by simply observing the symptoms or taking a nasal swab of your child’s nose.
As part of our urgent care services, KidsStreet Urgent Care can diagnose and help treat your child’s upper respiratory infection at one of our locations.
What Are The Treatment Options?
There is no cure for upper respiratory infections, but there are a few different ways to treat their symptoms of them. Common treatment options include:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines
- Prescription medications or inhalers
- Cool mist humidifier to reduce nasal dryness
How To Reduce The Spread Of Upper Respiratory Infections
Infants and young children who regularly attend daycare are more at risk for contracting upper respiratory infections.
To help reduce the risk of your child contracting this, try to follow these best practices:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth
- Keep your child home if they feel sick
Turn to KidsStreet Urgent Care
KidsStreet Urgent Care sees many cases of upper respiratory infections each year. With our online registration, you can join the queue from home or in your car. Then, we will send you a text when we are ready for you, and you will have 30 minutes to arrive at our office and check in at the front desk.
We highly recommend you register online before coming to the clinic to reduce in-clinic wait times.