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Why Kids Get 3 Times As Many Colds As Adults

You’re not imagining things: You kid really does get colds constantly – at least six in their first year, on average. The reason why is simple: “cold” is a catchall term for any viral infection of the upper respiratory system. Any number of viruses can cause a cold, and when your kid is brand new, each one of these viruses is brand new, too. Your studly immune system, meanwhile, has seen more of these things than you’ve seen Cheerios, and turns them away like a major league slugger turns on fastballs over the plate.