Cough & Cold

Edwin P. Herd, MD

Pediatrics located in Kailua-Kona, HI

When your child’s cough or cold lingers or is severe, helping them find relief becomes a top priority. For many parents in the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii, Edwin P. Herd, MD, is their first choice when it comes to these types of sick care visits. Dr. Herd can quickly and accurately diagnose your child’s condition and begin the proper course of treatment right away, helping you and your family get back to your normal daily routines. You can book a sick care appointment online or by reaching the office by phone.

Cough & Cold Q & A

What exactly is a cold?

The common cold is a viral infection, and it’s also among the top reasons parents bring their child to see a pediatrician. Most colds will resolve themselves within a week or two, but the symptoms can be challenging for both parents and children.

Common cold symptoms include:

  • Watery nasal mucus
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

Your child may have a combination of these symptoms, and not every child will develop a fever when they have a cold.

How can I care for my child if he/she has a cold?

One of the best ways to help your child recover from the common cold is with simple loving care at home. Try to make your child as comfortable as possible, and be sure they rest as their body fights off the virus. Give them plenty of warm fluids to soothe their throat and ensure proper hydration.

In general, children should not take cough or cold medications. Coughing during a cold is the body’s way of clearing mucus to protect the lungs. Over-the-counter cough or cold medications contain numerous ingredients, some of which can be dangerous for children. Also, research shows that these medications often fail to improve symptoms.

When should I call a pediatrician for a cough or cold?

All kids get occasional coughs and colds during childhood, and these bouts are an essential part of building a healthy immune system that will sustain your child for the rest of their life. However, if you notice the following conditions, call Dr. Herd to schedule a cough and cold visit.

  • Fever in excess of 102°
  • Persistent ear pain
  • Blue lips
  • Difficulty breathing, including wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Lack of appetite or thirst
  • Signs of dehydration, including decreased urine
  • Significant sleepiness or crankiness

It’s also important to seek care if your child’s cough persists for more than three weeks. A chronic cough can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as asthma, sinus infection, bacterial infection, stomach or esophageal conditions, or even an inhaled foreign body.

If you have concerns about your child’s cold or cough, reach out to the office to book an appointment. Online scheduling is one option, or you’re always welcome to call and speak with a member of our team.