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How often do your babies/toddlers have colds?

My friend's 2-year-old gets a cold about every two weeks, and her doctor told her that's normal. I was like, WHAT? NO WAY!

So tell me, have I just been around unusually healthy kids, or is it really that normal?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 PM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Health

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Answers (9)
  • My buglet (2) has a cold right now, he had one last year about the same time. I think it's the change in the weather. He has been snoring for a few days now and he never snores, his head is very congested.
    No, I have never heard of what you are referring to though, that sounds abnormal. But I am not a pedi. either!

    Answer by truthteller0722 at 11:13 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • it really depends, my 17 month old had had 2 colds in the past few weeks, maybe a month. but sometimes he goes months without getting a cold.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:29 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • My son had a perpetual cold from about 8 months till he was about 22 months. Between the colds and his allergies the poor kid had a pretty much constant runny nose.

    Answer by kmath at 10:30 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Usually about once a year.

    Answer by gumby11883 at 10:31 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • My going on 3 y/o, has been sick only a small handful of times in his life, 4 times max, my going on 2 y/o has been sick like once, and my 8 month old has been sick once.

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:31 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Very rarely. My 4 year old has never been for a sick visit, and my 7 year old hasn't been for a sick visit in about 4 years. They don't even get a runny nose but about once a year. I agree, every 2 weeks is way more than normal.

    Answer by JeanetteRene at 10:59 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • DD is 3, she has ever only had one cold.

    Answer by stressedmomma13 at 1:53 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • There are so many factors that come into play there, it would hard to be able to pin it down exactly. I would say that perhaps it wouldn't be abnormal for a kid to have a runny nose often, especially if their immune system is a little slow, or they attend day care or something.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 2:30 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • My son gets 1 to 2 colds a year and he is 9, so I don't think that it is normal.

    Answer by pbilotti at 5:51 AM on Nov. 5, 2010