Tag Archive: Cold

  1. Flu Or A Cold

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    How Do You Know If Your Child Has The Flu Or A Cold?

    Flu symptoms have several similarities with cold symptoms, which often make it so difficult to distinguish between the flu or a cold. However, it is important to be able to tell the difference between flu or a cold as they both require completely different treatments. Without knowing the difference you could mistakenly over-medicate your child with flu treatment, when all they really have is a cold. This could lead to a whole lot of other problems.

    Not sure whether your child has the cold or the flu? At Pediatric Partners you will find highly trained and qualified pediatricians who will do a thorough diagnosis and will accordingly prescribe medication to help your child recover faster. Call to schedule an appointment today.

    A look at the symptoms of the flu and cold will help you recognize the difference the next time your child sneezes or has the sniffles.

    Cold Symptoms

    The common cold is caused by a virus. Symptoms of a cold may include some or all of the following:

    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Sneezing
    • Coughing
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Feeling tired and achy
    • Low fever of about 100°F to 101°F

    In most cases, a cold will last about 3 to 10 days. Very rarely, and only in very severe cases, the symptoms may last up to 2 weeks.

    Flu Symptoms

    The flu too is caused by a virus but it is different from the one that causes colds. The flu virus is more prevalent between the month of October and May. Flu symptoms may include:

    • Fever that is usually higher than 100°F
    • Body ache and headache
    • Cough

    These symptoms may be accompanied by a runny nose and sore throat. The flu usually lasts about one to two weeks.

    Differences in Treatment

    Both, flu or a cold are caused by viruses. They cannot be killed by antibiotics. Taking antibiotics could end up causing more harm and should be avoided.

    Treatment for cold symptoms in children usually involves giving medication to ease their stuffy nose and sinuses and to alleviate the pain. If there is excessive coughing, cough suppressants are sometimes prescribed to soothe the throat. Plenty of vitamin C can help boost your child’s immunity. It is also important to ensure they stay hydrated and get enough sleep when you they a cold.

    Treating for flu symptoms is almost similar. The Pediatrician will prescribe mild, child-friendly medication to reduce fever and to ease the body aches. As with colds, it is important to ensure that your child stays hydrated and gets enough sleep during this time.

    It is advisable to keep your child at home whether they have the flu or a cold. This is to prevent it from spreading as both are contagious.

  2. Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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    As we head into the height of flu season, it can be difficult to tell if you have the flu or are simply experiencing symptoms of a common cold. While the symptoms can seem similar, a common cold generally resolves itself. The Influenza virus, however, can lead to serious complications, requiring immediate medical attention. Here are some common symptoms to help you differentiate.

    More Severe Symptoms

    A cold starts with a sore throat, leading to nasal congestion and malaise. Cold symptoms start slowly and can cause fatigue. Flu symptoms, on the other hand, come on fast and can include a headache, severe aches and pains, fatigue, and extreme exhaustion. Those with the flu may experience congestion and a sore throat, although upper respiratory symptoms are not always present. If your body feels suddenly racked with aches and pains, you may need to see a physician to determine whether you have the flu.

    Fever

    A high fever is a telltale sign that you may have the flu. If you have a fever above 101 degrees, accompanied by the flu symptoms listed above, it’s likely that you have Influenza and need to see a doctor immediately.

    Although the two are commonly confused, identifying whether you have the flu and getting proper medical treatment, is crucial in avoiding complications including pneumonia and bronchitis. Get to Pediatric Partners as soon as you start experiencing flu symptoms, as early treatment can shorten the duration of the illness and help prevent potential complications.

  3. Spring Allergies

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    Advice On Recognizing and Preventing Spring Allergies

    A lot of children suffer from spring allergies or hay fever. Statistics indicate that as many as 40% of children in America have some kind of allergy. However, what is confusing for many parents is trying to determine if their child is suffering from allergies or cold.

    Common Signs of a Spring Allergies

    Spring allergies can start in children when they are between 2 and 5 years old. These allergies can be triggered in a number of ways and you should get your child checked as soon as you see common signs of any allergies. Call Pediatric Partners today and we will identify and treat your child’s allergies at the earliest so they can enjoy the outdoors in spring without the sniffles.

    •    A runny nose that has been bad for about a week
    •    Congestion in the respiratory system
    •    Itchy and watery eyes
    •    The symptoms gets worse when the pollen count is high
    •    The presence of rash on any part of the body
    •    Allergies running in the family, asthma, eczema or some other allergy
    •    An ear infection or inflammation in the ear
    •    The symptoms are not accompanied by a fever or body ache

    Children who suffer from allergies do not have an accompanying fever or any kind of body aches.

    How To Help Prevent Spring Allergy Symptoms In Your Child

    Children can pick up spring allergies with even a small amount of exposure. While it is not possible to lock your child up in a room for the entire season, there are a few ways in which you can reduce the amount of exposure that your child has to the allergen.

    Using an air conditioner is a great way to keep away dust mites. It also helps to decrease the amount of humidity in the area, helping to keep the pollen away. You should also check if there is any leaking in the house or damp patches and get them taken care of.

    Another way to reduce the pollen count at home is to keep the doors and windows shut. Even though people like opening up their homes in the spring to get some fresh air, a lot of pollen also gets into the house at this time.

    If your child has indoor allergies, keeping away the allergens can be a little more difficult. If you have a pet, don’t let the pet sleep with your child or get up on the furniture. Vacuum the house regularly and bathe your pets often. You should also minimize the number of soft toys in your child’s room since they collect dust. Wash the soft toys regularly too.

    If your child is struggling with allergies, contact Pediatric Partners today!

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