How can I tell a cold from allergies in my child?


Being a mum means that you’re always busy trying to juggle many different things from cooking to cleaning and looking after our little ones. So, knowing the difference between illnesses is one thing that makes our lives a little easier. Many of us can get confused about what ailment our little one is suffering from. Is it a cold or flu or is it just allergies?

Some illnesses have similar symptoms to others, just like a cold and allergies, but they do have their differences. They can both cause coughing, sneezing and a runny nose, but their triggers are different.

Allergies are the result of the body responding to allergen. Your child’s body fights against allergens by creating antibodies the first time it comes into contact with it. Then the next time the body recognises the allergen, it releases chemicals like histamine.

The main difference between a cold and allergies is the appearance of symptoms. Symptoms of a cold gradually appear; however, allergies are instant after exposure to the allergen.

The main symptoms of a cold consist of sneezing, coughing, a runny or blocked nose, and a sore throat. These symptoms tend to develop gradually over a couple of days and can last up to two weeks in some cases.

The main symptoms of allergies include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and a possible runny nose with clear mucus.

CALPOL® Saline Nasal Spray is a gentle and easy to use spray, which can be used to relieve symptoms of both illnesses! It helps unblock the nose and can be used to provide natural relief from congestion caused by cold and flu, sinusitis, and allergy including hayfever.

Allergies may run in families and may be related to other conditions such as asthma or eczema. Seasonal allergies are actually not common amongst children under the age of seven.

If you think your child has an allergy, speak to your doctor. Try to keep track of your child’s symptoms, when and how often they happen, and if anything seems to trigger them.


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