The Difference Between Common Colds And Allergies In Babies

The Difference Between Common Colds And Allergies In Babies

Changing seasons can affect your little one’s health. When the weather is cool, we start to layer up and dress warmly, then the temperature begins to soar so we lose those layers. You turn on the air conditioner, soon you get cold and turn it off again. This can lead to common colds. But first, you need to know the difference between allergies and common colds to know how to avoid each.


Common Cold

Signs and symptoms

  • congested or a runny nose
  • Nasal discharge is clear at first and thickens and turns yellow.
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Fever.

Also see a Complete Guide: Common Cold in Babies: How It Happens, How to Prevent It

How It Happens

A common cold happens due to a virus. There are around 200 viruses responsible for common colds. Rhinoviruses are the most common.

It enters the baby’s mouth, nose, and eyes. The infection can be transmitted through air, direct contact, or contaminated surfaces.



There is no particular treatment for common colds. Antibiotics don’t work as they treat bacteria, and in this case, viruses are to blame.

Common colds go away on their own after few days or a couple of weeks. The treatment, in this case, is symptomatic, which means that you’ll naturally want to calm your baby’s symptoms.

Avoid over-the-counter drugs for infants and toddlers. The FDA advises not using any of them in children under 4.




Allergies and common colds are pretty much the same. It’s hard to tell the difference. There are some keys to know whether its allergy or a common cold like:

  • Allergies stick around longer.
  • The mucus is clear and watery.
  • The child seems like he always has a cold.
  • The nose is continually stuffy or running
  • His or her eyes are itchy, red, or watery.
  • He Sneezes a lot.
  • The child Doesn’t get Fever

How It Happens

It usually happens in response to something. For instance, your kid may be more prone to having an allergy in the plant-growing months if he is allergic to pollens.

In summer, babies can be allergic to insect bites, molds or food pollens.

If your son gets allergies in an unexpected time and you can’t relate to something, think of what the kids are doing.



Allergies hang around for much of the year. Especially when pollen grains spread.

You can try to un-stuff his nose using a saline solution or salt water. Secondly, keep him away from the triggers. It’s advised to see your pediatrician which helps you detect the possible causes of the allergy, and the best ways to avoid it.


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WebMD. May 08, 2018. "When Your Baby Has a Cold"

MyoClinic. May 16, 2018. Common cold in babies

BabyCenter. “Allergies in Babies”

WebMD. December 23, 2015. “Does Your Child Have a Cold, or Is It Allergies?”

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