or the Common Cold?
Viruses cause colds. Bacteria cause sinus infections. Unfortunately, children with colds are often treated as if they have sinus infections and are given antibiotics. Because the common cold is common, children are given a lot of antibiotics that they don't need.
In this chapter we will talk about the difference between the symptoms of sinus infection and those of the common cold.
Rebecca is four years old. She comes home from child-care
and tells her mother that her throat feels scratchy and that
her nose is stuffed up. Rebecca's mother notices that there
is a thin, clear fluid running from Rebecca's nose.
That night Rebecca isn't herself. She seems a little more
tired than usual and, for the first time in many months, she
refuses to sing the theme song from [Annie] at the dinner
table. Her temperature is 101°F.
Over the next two days Rebecca's fever goes away, but
she begins to cough (mostly at night). The fluid that runs
from her nose is now thick and yellow. After about one
week, Rebecca's symptoms of cough and congestion are al-
most gone and, although she still refuses to sing [Tomor-
row,] she does sing [Baby Face.]
Although most parents are all too familiar with colds in their children, there are a few facts that you may find surprising.
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Publication information: Book title: Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent's Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats. Contributors: Paul A. Offit - Author, Bonnie Fass-Offit - Author, Louis M. Bell - Author. Publisher: Wiley. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 78.
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