Tips for colds, flu and sore throats

Sore throats

Sore throat is described as pain or discomfort in the throat and can be caused by viruses and less commonly bacteria.

Signs of a sore throat may include:

To help your child feel better

Colds or ‘Flu'

People often think of a cold and the flu as the same thing, but in fact, there are important differences when it comes to their cause and their treatment. Although both illnesses are caused by viruses and share many symptoms, they are actually quite different.

Cold Flu
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat

You’ll usually notice that symptoms develop over a couple of days and last for a few days. In some cases, colds can last for as long as 10 to 14 days.

  • Fever that comes on rapidly
  • Aches & pains in muscles
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Chills or sweating
  • Dry cough

The flu can affect your child quite quickly, and it can make them feel really unwell for a few days. Most cases of flu can clear up within a week although the tiredness may last a little longer.

To help your child feel better: