How long should a cold last for a baby?

Arlene - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 month old daughter and a 3 year old son. We just moved two months ago to a different province and it seems both kids have been sick since we got here. My daughter has the never-ending runny nose and off and on cough. My son has had ear infections, eye infections and a runny nose as well!! In the last 8 weeks we have made 7 trips to the doctor about their various symptoms.....this last time the doctor said it was viral and will run it's course. My son is in kindergarten as well and maybe brings home more germs. Just wondering if any other moms out there have ever battled the same type cold virus in their little ones! I read that kids in daycare or school can have up to 12 colds in a year....maybe these are back to back new colds I'm dealing with??

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Katie - posted on 11/19/2010

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What a lot of people don't realize is that there is not just one single "cold" that goes around. There are thousands and thousands of cold viruses --each with their own identifiers. You and I, and most adults, have already come into contact with the majority of them, so our body has built it's natural immunity. Children and infants have a much younger, weaker immune system. It's possible for a young child/infant to get one cold, and have another one just waiting in the wings to take over -- hence they never seem to really "get better"

I'm not saying don't follow you instincts, or ignore other symptoms -- but if you go through a phase that is simply one runny nose and mild cough after the other, it's most likely several different cold viruses all in a row.

Lois - posted on 11/16/2010

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If you have moved somewhere new and both kids are sick, it makes me wonder whether it could be allergy rather than constant colds. I have seen this happen to a number of people moving from abroad or elsewhere in the country to Auckland (New Zealand) where I live, for some reason allergies seem much worse here than elsewhere. Perhaps you could try a mild antihistamine or weak steroid nasal spray. Sometimes it could be dust mite allergy if you moved into an old house... Allergies can give you a cough, runny nose, watery/runny eyes, although not usually ear infections. I hope that helps.

Glendy - posted on 11/06/2010

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My daughter had what doctors call a virus for a couple of weeks. First I hesitated taking her to the doctor since I figured they would say "is just a virus." And sure enough, she got really bad and I took her to the ER on the weekend. They said to just keep her hydrated. Like 4 days later they called me telling she had a UTI, Urinary Track infection and she needed to be put in meds asap. I got mad because she was getting worse. I had scheduled an appt with her doc on the day they called me, so I kept it and went to see her doc. They put her on some meds and a cream, she developed a yeast infection from the UTI. I started on the meds that same day but the following day she blood in her stool. So I ran and took her to the ER again. They said that they put her a really strong med and it's one of the side effects. But on top of the UTI and yeast infection, she started loosing her voice and wheezing. i told the ER doc about it, he is a great doc I work with, and he ran some xrays on her. Sure enough she had developed phneomonia. :(. Apparently it had been there for a couple of weeks and no one caught it :(. I was mad. He put her on a different med and she got better. I took her to follow up with her doc, she did nothing. I still think my daughter is not over phneomonia yet. You see, we know our kids more than doctors. They often say 'is just a virus" but sometimes it is more than that. The ER doc to which I talk to often, tells me that it might be allergies since she started with a runny nose and cough again. I never would of thought of allergies on my little one but I am still not sure what's wrong. I might bring her to see the ER doc.
Taking kids to daycare can sometimes mean sicker kids. And that is because of all the germs around them and they may or may not have a strong amune system to beat it. My mom has a saying "the more you try to keep them from getting sick, the more it happens." This is true in my case. My daughter went from not getting sick for 7 months, and now she does a lot. I hope is over soon both for your kids and my lil' one. I can understand your frustration on wondering how much longer or why so often? On some cases all we can do and comfort them, remember that it is hard on them too and don't know how to deal with it but cry and cry and cry. I always say "moms know best." I knew my daughter had more than just a virus and I was right. Trust your gout, if you want further tests, tell your doc! It is better to catch it sooner that than later. ps.by day way, i'm changing docs, I don't think she examines my daughter throughly and doesn't believe any of my complaints on her health. maybe someone else will help me care for her better. Good luck and hope they get better soon :)

Kimberly - posted on 11/12/2010

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Arlene,

My kids have constant runny nose, intermittent cough and such. I took them to an allergist. Turns out that their constant issues are allergies and not colds at all. A pediatrician or ER doc/tech may not be able to diagnose allergies...I recommend going to an allergist to rule this out. It has made the world of difference for both my boys...one is on Zyrtek and the baby is on benadryl when they're needed. BTW...all the symptoms you mentioned are all ones that my oldest son had...I just recognized it with my younger one earlier before the ear/eye infections began. Hope this helps!



Also, moving to a new area is another indicator that they may be reacting to their environment and not catching back-to-back colds.

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Jessica - posted on 11/19/2010

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I got lucky with Rowan. He gets minimal symptoms and gets better. Some juice in a sippy cup usually does help (100% juice and nothing acidic). He's nine months and his colds don't get bad, but they last awhile. I like our doctor, he listens and THEN looks at rowan, uses his brain, addresses all the concerns we have, THEN and only then, after being thorough, does he say what's up (usually nothing but me being a worrywart... but I usually know that already I just need a second opinion). Every kid is different. Do you feel like there is something more wrong? Follow your instincts and don't let a doctor tell you nothing is wrong if they haven't looked.

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Usually any where from one to two weeks. My daughter had a double ear infection for a MONTH. It was crazy and sad. Hang in there Mama, things will get better soon.

Arlene - posted on 11/17/2010

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Thank you so much for your replies. I am going to talk to their doctors about allergies. Well, my daughter anyways, my son just finished a different antibiotic for his ear infections and low and behold all his symptoms are gone!! But Kaitlyn is still suffering from cold type symptoms, so it is time to ask the doctor! Thanks again so much for your insight!!

Nancy - posted on 11/11/2010

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Arlene, I am sorry to hear you are also sick. I think that we worry so much about or little ones (and it is understandable) that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Before my mom had pneumonia, the doctor told her that it was just a virus. She continued with the cough for weeks until she decided to get checked by another doctor. She had no fever at all, and the other doctor that checked her did some xrays...she had pneumonia and thank God that she got a second opinion. He gave her medicine and after about 3 weeks she is doing a lot better.

It is really bad to see out little ones suffer through all this and I really hope that your little ones get better soon. I will take mine to the doctor but to a different one just to get a second opinion. Hopefully they find the root of the problem.

Arlene - posted on 11/11/2010

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Nancy, it is just awful having to watch them suffer and the doctors not give you any clear answers....I never thought a cold virus could last this long!! Pneumonia is a very scary thought....I had both their coughs checked and the doctor said their lungs were clear, but my daughter's seems to be back and until I read your post I was waiting for a fever before taking her to the doctor, but now I might just get her checked again if it doesn't ease up. And to top it all off I have developed thrush and the wonderful doctor I saw thinks he only needs to treat me and not the baby :( I am waiting for a much needed break from all the illness as I am sure you are too. Thanks for your post, it was very helpful for me!

Nancy - posted on 11/11/2010

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I am going through the same thing with my 8 month old and 3 year old boys. They have had a on and off cough for the past month and a half. About a week ago they started with a runny nose and the cough got worse. I haven't taken them in to the dr because every time I do so, he says that "it's just a virus". I agree with Glendy when she sayd that we as mothers know our kids better than the doctors. I also have a feeling that they have more than "just a virus" because there is no reason for them to have a cough if there is no bacteria in their symstem. My mom had pneumonia recently and she said that you don't need to have a fever to develop pneumonia. I am worried and will see how they develop within the next two days. If not, I will demand some more exams for them.Hopefully your babies get better and I wish you the best.

Felicia - posted on 11/05/2010

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the doctor told me that colds should last 5-9 days in babies and if it goes longer to get him seen again...its my sons first cold so i took him last week today was his 8th day on some meds. he still has a runny nose and his check up is Tuesday. hopefully it stops

Felicia - posted on 11/05/2010

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the doctor told me that colds should last 5-9 days in babies and if it goes longer to get him seen again...its my sons first cold so i took him last week today was his 8th day on some meds. he still has a runny nose and his check up is Tuesday. hopefully it stops

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