Does my child have a Cold or the Flu?

For children, growing pains include being an easy target for bacteria and germs, it’s simply nature’s way of educating their young immune systems. Howerver, as a parent, it hurts to see your children suffering from aching bodies, stuffy noses or fever.

Children's Health | Cold and Flu

Sonia Chartier

24 September 2019

How to differentiate if it's a cold or flu





Tickling in the throat

Sore throat


Nasal congestion

Nasal secretions Clear and abundant Thick (yellowish/green)

Fever  Mild  High (39-40) +
Mal de tête  Light  Intense

Aches and pains  


Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting   Often accompanied by diarrhea and stomach pain
Sudden onset of symptoms  

Complications Sinusitis, ear infections
Risk of recurrence evolving to chronic rhinitis
Ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia
Pathogen Rhinovirus – over 100 different types
Incubation: 24 to 48 hours
Single epidemic virus, differs from one year to the next
Incubation: 4 to 5 days

Health tips for children

When your kids are battling a cold or flu, here's how to put all the odds of a quicker, less painful recovery on their side:

  • Hand-washing: Teach them to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Hydration: It's important that they drink plenty of water, rather than juice.
  • Rest: Make sure your kids get sufficient rest when tired.
  • Meals: Let them decide when they feel hungry enough to eat.
  • Food to cut back: Reduce their intake of mucus-boosting foods such as dairy products, oats, white flour and bananas
  • Food to avoid, if possible: Go easy on the refined sugar, as it can suppress and thereby reduce the effectiveness of the immune system

Beat the bugs, naturally!

A.Vogel's Echinaforce Junior is the perfect remedy for all kinds of infections. Like other A.Vogel products derived from fresh, organic Echinacea purpurea, Echinaforce Junior is an immune system immunomodulator that has been proven to help fight off both viral and bacterial infections. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Research clearly shows that Echinacea purpurea helps rid children of cold and flu symptoms faster and reduces the risk of recurrence. Taken preventively, it also increases the time between infections.


Children experience six to eight respiratory tract infections (RTIs) each year, and a high proportion of illnesses, around 30 percent, progress to complications such as sinusitis, otitis media, bronchitis or pneumonia.

The latter conditions often represent bacterial superinfections of originally viral illnesses. RTIs are therefore the leading reason for prescriptions of antibiotics, which further increase susceptibility to infections—it's a vicious cycle that's hard to break.

Cold remedies for children are highly regulated today, due mostly to lack of efficacy or safety issues. While relief of initial symptoms may be desirable, effective recovery and the prevention of complications are equally important.

Clinical research shows that Echinaforce Junior is highly effective and safe for long-term prevention for children ages 2+. Immune resistance is noticeably improved, as manifested by a 65% reduction in the number of respiratory tract infections (like bronchitis), otitis media, pneumonia or tonsillitis. In addition, taking Echinaforce Junior is proven to reduce the number of antibiotic prescriptions required by an astounding 76%.

Echinaforce® Junior tablets for children:

  • Child-friendly Echinacea formulation
  • Antiviral and immune-modulating action
  • Safe and effective for the prevention and treatment of RTIs
  • Effective in preventing RTI complications and reducing the need for antibiotics
  • Effective in the treatment of acute symptoms if they nonetheless occur
  • Can be taken with conventional medications such as antibiotics and children's acetaminophen

Tips for kids

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