How to tackle toddler cold

The sleep pattern of a toddler affected by cold is likely to be similar to that of a newborn baby. He is sure to get up several times in the middle of the night due to general uneasiness. This is simply because he is experiencing trouble to take in air.

Troubled breathing is sure to cause him general discomfort and make him restless. Since their immune system is not yet mature, toddlers are likely to develop cold more often. Moreover, toddlers like to spend their time playing around with older kids and that increases the chances of falling sick.

A child with cold is more prone to develop other respiratory ailment such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and reddened eyes. He is also most likely to lose his appetite. However, if the child is not cured of these symptoms within a couple of weeks, it is advisable to seek expert medical aid.

Common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat, sinuses, Eustachian tubes, trachea, larynx, and bronchial tubes. Out of all the different two hundred types of viruses that can cause a cold, rhinoviruses are found to be the most common.

A child gets infected with cold only as a result of direct exposure to germs. However, certain factors such as fatigue, poor nutrition, exposure to cigarette smoke and crowded living environment are found to increase the likelihood of catching common cold.

The upper respiratory system is made less resistant to bacterial infections by cold. Common cold sometimes leads to middle ear infection, pneumonia, sinus infection, and strep throat. The virus gets transmitted from one person to another as he coughs or sneezes.

Nonliving objects such as telephones and toys can also transmit the infectious germs. The fluid droplets, containing the germs, present on the speaker of the telephone and the surface of the toys lead to infection.


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