When does a cold require a doctor's care?

Contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:

  • High fever.
  • Chest pain.
  • Ear pain.
  • Asthma flare-up.
  • Symptoms lasting longer than 10 days or getting worse.

Seek medical care if your child:

  • Develops a high fever.
  • Stops eating.
  • Cries more than usual.
  • Has ear or stomach pain.
  • Starts wheezing.
  • Is sleepier than usual.


Although they cause discomfort, colds are usually harmless. You can manage the symptoms with medications. Speed up your recovery by getting plenty of rest and fluids, and avoid being around others. If you don’t feel better in 10 days, see your healthcare provider.

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