Big men turn into big kids when faced with the man flu

MEN revert to "child-like behaviour" when faced with a common cold, according to a survey paid for by cold-and-flu medication makers Vicks.

It found 73% of women felt a cold was enough to turn their man into a "big kid" with 47% expecting to be "waited on hand and foot".

Just 15% of men wanted to be tucked into bed when under the weather.

The Galaxy survey spoke to 1253 Australians aged between 25 and 54 in April this year.

Vicks VapoRub wheeled out television presenter Jonathan Coleman to discuss his experience with the dreaded common cold.

"My wife can tell I'm acting like a man child when my eyes turn watery, I'm buried in tissues or when my bottom lip starts to quiver when I'm not getting my own way," he said.

The survey also found 15% of men found their partners were sarcastic when asked to give a little nursing, while 41% of men described their partners as "caring".

Almost half - 46% - of men felt they handled a cold or flu better than their partners. 32% felt otherwise.

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