Is it a cold, the flu or COVID-19?

We are thankful to partner with Memorial to provide moms with local healthcare resources and information for their family.

Sick childThis happens to every mom. It’s the weekend and your little one isn’t feeling well. How do you know if it’s a cold, the flu or COVID-19? And, most importantly, where do you take them to find out?

Learn the sometimes hard-to-miss differences between them and get help when you need it most through Memorial!

And if your little one isn’t feeling well on the weekend, Magnolia Grove Walk-In Clinic is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and sees children of all ages. Call 228.822.6065 to learn more.


The Common Cold is usually mild for most and should run its course quickly.

Symptoms include:

  • Itchy throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Slight fever


The flu can also be mild, but typically children feel worse with the flu than with a cold.

Symptoms can include:

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Lethargy/Tiredness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Some little ones can even experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

A pediatrician or family medicine provider can perform a test that identifies the flu virus. Most children that have the flu get better with rest, plenty of fluids and comfort. Sometimes medicine is prescribed to ease symptoms and shorten the illness.

Memorial offers flu vaccines at walk-in clinics!

  • If your little one is privately insured and 2 years or older, flu vaccines are available at any Memorial Walk-In Clinic.
  • If your child is not privately insured, please call 228-867-5000 to find the nearest clinic for flu vaccine.


COVID-19 symptoms can vary by child, as some can be mild while others have more severe, flu-like symptoms. The most obvious sign of COVID-19 is loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache

If you think your child may have COVID-19, call 228.867.5000 to find the nearest testing location.

Memorial also offers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11. Call 228.867.5000 to learn more and to schedule your child’s appointment.

Of course, if you have any doubts or have questions, call your child’s pediatrician or family medicine provider.

Get your kiddos the flu vaccine at memorialIf your situation is severe, your family deserves the very best care, which is what you’ll get at Memorial’s Emergency Room. Memorial ER is a Level Two trauma center, the highest level of trauma care you can get on the Gulf Coast.

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