What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

ASK THE EXPERT: HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS THE COLD OR FLU?

     Home  >  Articles  > News & Tips: Health
by Dr. Gary Mirkin

Related: child's health, flu symptoms, cold symptoms, influenza vaccine, preventing the cold or flu,


Local pediatrician and CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York Gary Mirkin, MD, explains the differences between the common cold and the flu.

How do I know if it is the cold or the flu?

girl with thermometerFiguring out whether your child has the flu can be difficult. The common cold is associated with a runny nose, congestion, cough and occasionally a fever. It may also initially begin with a sore throat. Influenza usually causes fatigue, body and muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, cough, and fever.

Obviously there is a lot of overlap in these symptoms. Your pediatrician will know when the influenza virus is circulating in the community and will usually be able to tell you if your child has the flu or the common cold without doing any further testing. The flu is usually associated with more severe symptoms—a higher fever, greater fatigue and muscle ache, etc.

For children at higher risk of complications from the flu, or whose family members are at higher risk, testing may be necessary. There are medications to prevent the flu and shorten its course, however most healthy children do not require treatment.

While the antiviral medications are effective when started very early in the course of illness, there can often be unpleasant side effects. More importantly, most influenza can be prevented with the flu vaccine. Both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children between six months and 18 years be immunized annually to avoid serious illness and complications.

 

Gary Mirkin, MD, is a practicing pediatrician in Great Neck and the CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York. Allied Pediatrics of New York, PLLC (APNY) is a primary care pediatric group comprised of more than 90 pediatricians at 25 offices in Nassau, Orange, Queens, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.

 

Also see:

The Truth Behind Common Health Myths

True or False: Test Your Health Myth IQ


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More News & Tips: Health Articles

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About CPR and CPR Training?
Fresh Meadows Urgent Care Center Adds Dental Office
8 Things to Know About Summer and Senior Citizens
12 Things to Consider When Buying Sunglasses

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local News & Tips: Health Sponsors

Greens Farms Academy
35 Beachside Ave.
Westport, CT
203-256-0717
Greens Farms Academy is a K-12, coeducational day ...

Moonlight Pediatrics
1483 60th Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-437-5437
After hours urgent care for ages infants-21. We ar...

ER-DOX
1158 Broadway
Hewlett , New York

ER-DOX offers a choice for those patients who are ...

Long Island Science Center
11 W. Main St.
Riverhead , NY
631-208-8000
The Long Island Science Center's learning exhibits...

Gym Park (The)
81 Oak St.
Brooklyn, NY
718-349-6627
We are a gymnastics based program that aims to pro...
See Our News & Tips: Health Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE