The American Lung Association estimates most children will catch six to eight colds a year, while adults will suffer through two to four.
The key to combating illness is prevention.
Karen Mastovsky is a busy mother of three who doesn't have time for her kids to get sick.
Like other parents, she knows prevention is her best weapon...
"Oh hand sanitizer in my car, my purse, the kids actually know when they get in the car that's what they do right off," Karen Says.
Doctors agree that common sense measures such as keeping hands clean and away from the nose, mouth and eyes is important to stop the spread of a cold or the flu.
Kids should be taught not to cough into theirhand but cough into the sleeve so you do not spread this through hand contact.
Kathy Nash is a mother of eight and a registered nurse.
Just in case her kids get sick, she's already got a plan.
"Basically bed rest, seclusion, you gotta change their pillow cases.. vitamin c and chicken soup, homemade," Kathy adds.
Physicians also suggest drinking hot liquids, taking a steamy shower, and applying Hot or Cold Packs Around Your Congested Sinuses.