Your kids are the most important people in your life and you want to keep them healthy. When they get sick, especially when they are or if they are your first child, it can be hard to gauge what you should genuinely be worried about and what simply triggers parental anxiety. The Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado is here to be your partner in keeping your family healthy, and we want to help you make an informed decision on when you should call your pediatrician. In part one of this series, we discussed when a child’s fever is severe enough to contact a professional, and in part two, we talked about the more serious symptoms to watch for when your child is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea. In today’s post, we’ll be talking about when to call the pediatrician when your child is coughing or has cold symptoms.

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When in doubt, it’s always best to call! The Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado has a doctor on call 24/7 to answer your questions and make sure that your child gets the best possible care. You also have the option of scheduling a same-day sick visit so you can see your doctor sooner rather than later. Keep reading to learn when you should contact your child’s pediatrician and call (970) 484-4871 whenever you need to get in touch with us!


Coughing is a common symptom of a cold, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your child needs professional medical care. Wait to see if the cough continues, and if it lingers for more than several days, call your child’s pediatrician. You should also watch for a cough in conjunction with other symptoms, like an earache, which can signal more serious illnesses.

Sore Throat

A sore throat is a typical cold symptom, and sometimes it’s simply a discomfort that you and your child may have to wait out while their immune system fights the virus. If it persists, however, don’t wait longer than a few days to address it with your child’s doctor. You should also be on the lookout for other symptoms that may seem to correspond to a sore throat, such as trouble swallowing or trouble breathing. If your child is having difficulty swallowing or breathing, call your pediatrician immediately.

Severe Pain

You should call your pediatrician if your child experiences severe and/or prolonged pain at any point. If they are coughing so hard that it hurts or their sore throat is more than sore, contact a doctor. You should also watch for a severe headache, especially if it gets worse, lasts for several hours or more, or corresponds with other symptoms like a fever. Take the old adage to heart: better safe than sorry.

When your child gets sick, know when you need to act. Symptoms of a common cold will probably be uncomfortable, but if they become painful or linger for several days, then you should consult your child’s pediatrician. If you and your family live in Fort Collins or the surrounding areas, then the Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado are here for you. You can reach a doctor at any time if you are worried about the health of your child, and we always make room in our daily schedule for same-day sick visits. Explore our site to learn more about our services and call today to schedule your appointment!