Health Tip: My Infant Has a Cold
(HealthDay News) -- While most cases of the common cold in young
children are harmless, there are certain warning signs that should
prompt a call to the pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this list of "red
flags" among children 3 months or older:
- Nostrils that spread with each breath, difficulty breathing, or
the skin near the ribs "sucks in" when the child breaths.
- A blue tinge to the nails or lips.
- Nasal mucus that doesn't go away after 10 to 14 days.
- Persistent cough that lasts for longer than a week.
- Ear pain.
- Unusual sleepiness or crankiness.
- A temperature higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees
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