The common cold and a mild flu don't usually require a trip to the
doctor. But parents should look for warning signs that your child needs
The American Academy of Family Physicians says a doctor visit is a good
idea if your child has:
A fever that's above 103 degrees Fahrenheit or persists for more than
Cold or flu symptoms that persist beyond 10 days, or flu symptoms that
initially improve but then worsen.
Wheezing, trouble breathing or skin that appears blue.
Discharge from the ear or complaints of ear pain, or pain in the abdomen
Seizures, irritable behavior or difficulty waking.
Diabetes, heart disease or another chronic condition that gets worse.