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An upper respiratory infection (URI) is a common infection of the nose, throat, and upper air passages that lead to the lungs. It is caused by a virus. The most common type of URI is the common cold.
URIs usually get better on their own, without medical treatment. URIs in babies may last longer than they do in adults.
This condition may be diagnosed based on your baby's medical history and symptoms, and a physical exam. Your baby's health care provider may use a cotton swab to take a mucus sample from the nose (nasal swab). This sample can be tested to determine what virus is causing the illness.
URIs usually get better on their own within 7–10 days. You can take steps at home to relieve your baby's symptoms. Medicines or antibiotics cannot cure URIs. Babies with URIs are not usually treated with medicine.
How to prevent the spread of infection to others
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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