Treating Congestion in Children's Summer Colds

W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., R.Ph.


US Pharmacist. 2002;27(7) 

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Transmission of the Common Cold in Children

The incidence of colds varies with patient age. When the child is still at home, the common cold is mainly contracted through other family members, primarily older siblings. This picture is altered when the child begins to attend day care.

A recent study followed a group of 1,246 children for 13 years to determine the effect of day care on the common cold.[4] Attendance at day care in which there were six or more unrelated children present increased the number of colds for those aged 2 years.


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