Allergies vs. Colds in Children

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A pediatrician shares eight ways to tell the difference between a cold and allergies

If your child seems to constantly have a runny nose, cough or congestion, you are not alone.

"It's not unusual for kids to get six to eight colds per year, lasting from 10-14 days," explains Michael Lee, M.D., a pediatrician with Children's Health℠. "Additionally, seasonal allergies have become more prevalent. After the first year of life, about 15-20 percent of children suffer from allergy symptoms."

So how can parents tell if it's a cold or allergies? Dr. Lee explains the difference between causes and symptoms in kids.