More than any other illness, rhinoviruses (rhin means “nose”) are associated with the common cold. Rhinoviruses may also cause sore throats, ear infections, sinus infections, and to a lesser extent, pneumonia and bronchiolitis (an infection of the small breathing passages within the lungs).

The average child has 8 to 10 colds
during the first 2 years of life.
Adults suffer from 2 to 6 colds.

Rhinoviruses are spread easily through person-to-person contact. When a child with a rhinovirus infection has a runny nose, nasal secretions get onto their hands and from there onto tables, toys, and other surfaces. Your child might touch the hands or skin of another child or toys that have been contaminated by the virus. If she or he then touches her own eyes or nose, it may result in infection. Otherwise, children can breathe in airborne viruses spread by a sneeze or cough.

Although you or your child can develop a cold at any time of the year, these infections are most common during autumn and spring.