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As parents, we always worry and have questions about our children. At Infants,
Children & Youth, we care about your concerns! Our What´s New Page is devoted to
addressing, informing, and educating parents about some of the most common issues and
topics in pediatric medicine. Always remember that our pediatricians are available to help
you with parenting matters.

February


Get   Healthy Heart   Smart! Children between the ages of 2 and 10 who are at high risk for heart disease should get a blood test for cholesterol. Make sure to discuss your concerns at your child´s next well visit.


"Tis the Season"

Winter Woes ·  Bronchiolitis ·  Colds/Upper Respiratory Infections ·  Croup ·  Influenza



Winter Woes

With the arrival of winter and cold weather, our lives swing towards more indoor activities. Closer quarters inside, and cooler weather outside, create ideal conditions for the spread of respiratory illnesses and other germs. Here are a few ideas for helping to protect your child from getting sick this winter. Make sure your child is up to date with his/her immunizations, including FLU shots. Encourage your child to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet, which will help boost her immune system. Assuring your children get a good night´s sleep also helps to aid the body´s natural defenses. Teach and remind your children healthy hygiene habits to lessen the transmission of contagious viruses.

Here are some of the most common winter ailments. Feel free to call our office if you are worried about your child and would like to schedule an appointment.



Bronchiolitis

Tis the season to be wheezing! Several winter viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), cause bronchiolitis, which is an infection of the smaller breathing tubes of the lungs. RSV is very contagious and can be prevented by careful hand washing. Older children usually develop symptoms of a URI with a cough, congestion, and mild fever. Wheezing or a high-pitched whistle is common in infants along with the above symptoms. Home treatment includes saline nose drops, vaporizer, and fluids. However, if your baby is wheezing or has difficulty drinking or breathing our pediatricians must evaluate him.

For further reading: HealthyChildren.org



Colds/Upper Respiratory Infections

ACHOO! Not another cold! URIs or the common cold is the most common respiratory infection of the winter. The familiar symptoms are cough, congestion, headache, runny nose, and low-grade fever (100-102). Colds may last for up to two weeks and it is not unusual for young children to have 8 to 10 colds per year. Since URIs are caused by viruses, antibiotics are not prescribed unless your child has an accompanying infection of the ears, sinuses or lungs.

My child is always sick!

Why not antibiotics for colds?



Croup

It´s the middle of the night and suddenly your child wakes up barking like a seal! Sounds like your child has developed croup, which is common winter infection! This virus causes swelling in the upper respiratory tract around the vocal cords and its symptoms include a barky cough, sore throat, hoarse voice, and low-grade fever. Running a vaporizer, sitting in a steamy bathroom or cool moist air help alleviate some of the symptoms. If your child is having difficulty breathing, call our office or take him to the nearest Emergency Department.

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Influenza

"The Flu" is a respiratory infection characterized by high fever (101-105), chills, congestion, cough, head and body aches, and occasionally vomiting. Children are generally sicker with the flu than with the common cold. Antibiotics are not indicated for the flu unless there is a secondary infection such as pneumonia. Getting an annual flu and H1N1 vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent your family from getting the flu.

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To watch for flu in our community, check out these websites:


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER!!


The information on our website is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice of your child´s pediatrician. All medical advice and information on this website should be considered to be incomplete without a consultation with one of our physicians.




Last updated on January 22, 2018