Colds

Most children get better in about 2 weeks...
and there is no evidence to support the use of antibiotics
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Colds

Coughs

Most children get better in about 2 weeks...
whether or not they take antibiotics
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Coughs

Earaches

Most children get better in about 1 week...
whether or not they take antibiotics
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Earaches

Sore throats

Most children get better in about 1 week...
whether or not they take antibiotics
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Sore throats

Most symptoms will improve without antibiotics

It’s important for parents to understand that colds and most coughs, earaches, sore throats and other common symptoms caused by respiratory tract infections will improve without antibiotics. Your doctor will advise when antibiotics are appropriate.

What you can do to help your child feel better

Understanding how to manage colds, coughs, earaches, sore throats and other common symptoms caused by respiratory tract infections can help you feel more in control.

Find out how to manage common symptoms, how long symptoms usually last, how to tell when your child’s symptoms are serious and when to seek help from your health professional.

Go to What every parent should know about coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats