Common Cold Specialist

Eugenia Marcus, MD -  - Pediatrician

Primary Care Pediatrics

Eugenia Marcus, MD

Pediatrician located in Wellesley, MA

The common cold can wreak havoc on your household, especially if several kids are sick at the same time. At Primary Care Pediatrics in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Eugenia Marcus offers effective treatments to conquer cold symptoms and prevent additional medical issues for children of all ages. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about treating the common cold.

Common Cold Q & A

What is a cold?

The common cold is a viral infection that affects your upper respiratory tract. The virus enters the body through your mouth, eyes, or nose, and spreads through personal contact with an infected person or contaminated objects. The virus can also spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes.

In most cases, colds aren’t serious. But, if left untreated, a cold can result in additional health complications. School-aged children are especially susceptible to colds and may contract the sickness up to two or three times a year.

What are the symptoms of a cold?

Symptoms of a cold appear one to three days after exposure to a virus. Cold symptoms can vary among children and may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Persistent cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sinus and lung congestion

Many children experience a thick yellow or greenish discharge from their nose as the virus travels through their system. This discharge doesn’t always indicate a secondary bacterial infection.

When should my child see a doctor for a cold?

If your child is in overall good health, they don’t need to see Dr. Marcus for common cold symptoms. However, if symptoms worsen or new symptoms appear, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marcus as soon as possible.

Cold symptoms that require medical attention include:

  • Fever lasting more than two days
  • Fever above 100.4°F in infants up to 12 weeks
  • Severe cough or headache
  • Persistent ear pain
  • Unexplained drowsiness
  • Lack of appetite

If your child is frequently vomiting, Dr. Marcus can evaluate to ensure your child is adequately hydrated. If dehydration is evident, Dr. Marcus can provide IV fluids to prevent additional medical complications.

What treatments are available for a cold?

Antibiotics aren’t effective in treating viral infections. Unless there is a secondary bacterial infection, such as in the sinuses or the ears, Dr. Marcus won’t prescribe antibiotics. She may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage cold symptoms like a sore throat, headache, and fevers.

Nasal decongestant sprays and saline drops are effective in clearing stuffy noses to aid in breathing. Dr. Marcus does not use cough medicines in pediatric patients, especially when the medication contains codeine. She may recommend home remedies, such as plenty of fluids and lots of rest, to help your child recover from cold symptoms.

Schedule a consultation online or by phone with Dr. Marcus at Primary Care Pediatrics, PLLC to learn more about effective treatments for your child's cold.