All children get coughs and colds.
This is a normal part of growing up and no medicines can prevent them. The best way to look after your child is to make sure they have plenty to drink and if they have a temperature some paracetamol will help.
Most doctors don’t recommend cough medicines and antibiotics won’t help a cold.
If your child is absent from school your doctor won’t give you a letter to say they are ill, so please don’t contact your GP practice or make an appointment to ask for one. It’s important that patients who need the most help can access services.