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Colds and flu have some similar symptoms, so they can be hard to tell apart. In general, a child with the flu will appear to be much sicker than a child with a cold. Most kids get 8 to 10 colds every year. Read below to learn more about telling them apart.
|What it is:||A viral infection affecting the upper respiratory tract (nose, sinuses, throat). Although it shares some of the same symptoms as the flu, the viruses that cause cold and flu are unrelated.||Children's flu is caused by a virus that affects the upper respiratory tract. Although it shares some of the same symptoms as a cold, the viruses that cause cold and flu are unrelated.|
|How it starts:||Most colds start with a sore throat. Sneezing and stuffiness may follow, and by the third day, a cough and a mild fever may develop as well.||Flu generally starts more suddenly and severely than a cold, with a higher fever. A child with the flu feels much more achy and uncomfortable.|
|How long it lasts:||A child usually has a cold for three to five days.||The flu can last a week or longer.|
|What your child may say or do about her discomfort:||