Viral Illnesses in Children

Viral illnesses are common in winter for children. They present with many symptoms like runny nose, ear ache, sore throat, fever or cough. Children can get at least 6-8 a year. They are usually self-limiting over about a week and easily treatable with fluids and medicines freely available for your pharmacy. If you are not sure what to use, please speak to your pharmacist. If the illness is ongoing or your child is getting more unwell or has signs of fever not going down with medicine, stopping eating and drinking, not passing urine, breathing difficulties or loss of alertness, please make contact for a review or call 111 or out of hours services.

For general advice:

For advice about fever:

For bronchiolitis:

For croup: