10 Ways Not to Catch Your Kid's Cold

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Stuffy nose. Sore, scratchy throat. Barking cough. Headache. You probably recognize the signs of a common cold all too well. After all, a cold is the single most common infectious disease in people, according to Medical News Today.

You catch a cold when a virus infects your upper respiratory system. It spreads quickly once tiny beads of fluid enter your body, often from a sneeze, cough, or kiss. There are hundreds of viruses that can cause a cold; you can never build up immunity to all of them.

So when your kid gets a cold, there are lots of things you can do to bolster your immune system and minimize the chances of catching it from her. Let's start with one of the most obvious: washing your hands.