Upper respiratory infections can be caused by a number of viruses or bacteria. One of the most common upper respiratory infections is the common cold, which is cased by rhinovirus. Upper respiratory infections (URIs) can happen any time of the year and are spread through the air and close personal contact. You can reduce your risk of a URI by washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, disinfecting surfaces, and staying away from people who are sick.
There is no cure for a URI caused by a virus, though URIs caused by bacteria may be treated with antibiotics. The best medicine is lots of rest and plenty of fluids, and most children will start to feel better after 3-14 days. Below are symptoms of common URIs and information on when to seek help.