Tag Archive: Colds

  1. Tips to Fight Those Nasty Colds are Here!

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    Kids are usually prone to colds and flu. In fact, most parents will have to deal with their child suffering from flu a few times a year. Even though this is part of the natural cycle of growing up, there are some ways in which you can try to prevent your child from falling ill too often. Flu prevention is always easier than flu treatment and there are a number of ways in which you can stop your child from getting a head cold. Not only will this help to keep him or her healthy but it will also help to keep you at peace.

    At Pediatric Partners, we provide solutions for all kind of health problems that are suffered by children. Our team of trained professionals diagnoses all kind of difficult problems and come up with solutions in order to keep you and your child happy. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Encourage a Good Sleep Cycle

    Sleep is very important at any age. A sleep deprived child is more likely to fall ill because a tired body cannot fight against infections as well as a healthy body. It is important that you ensure your child is getting the required amount of sleep every day. Encouraging healthy sleeping habits will help your child stay healthy in the future as well. Usually, toddlers need about 13 hours of sleep a day while a baby will need around 14 hours of sleep.

    Keep Them Active

    Regular exercise is a good way to stay healthy. Not only will your child get fit and be better at fighting off problems but natural forms of exercise will also lead to more exposure in the sun. According to Norman Rosenthal at The National Institute of Medical Health, 20 minutes of sun a day can do wonders for a person. People who are exposed to the sun more usually have more energy and the Vitamin D which enters the body is good for health.

    Follow a Healthy Diet Plan

    Eating right is a very important part of leading a healthy life. Avoid all junk food for children. It will just make them unhealthy and un-energetic. Try sticking majorly to ‘phytonutrients’. These foods include dark vegetables like green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. The darker the color, the more certain you can be that the food is healthy.
    If you find that your child is suffering from various symptoms of the flu, visit a doctor immediately. A lot of people also give their children the flu shot once a year to keep the flu away. This flu vaccine is given just before the flu season begins.

    Summary

    The flu can affect children at any age. It is possible to reduce the risk of your child getting the flu or catching a cold. This can be done by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and keeping a check on your child’s eating and sleeping habits.

    Call us today to make an appointment for your child if they are experiencing a bad cold or flu like symptoms.

  2. Coughs and Colds

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    SIMPLE FACTS

    Coughs and colds are the most common illnesses children have during their formative years. If multiple colds occur in one year, don’t panic. The average child will get anywhere from three to ten colds every year. The average cold lasts around 10 to 14 days, so it’s a good idea to know what to expect.

    CAUSES

    The common cold is a virus that takes over the throat area, from the neck up. Known as a rhinovirus, it is most commonly picked up from the air or items touched by another child who is infected. Every time an infected child coughs, he/she releases the virus into the air or onto their hands, making it very easy to spread from one child to another. Once your child has picked it up, the virus moves into the soft lining of the nose and throat while the immune system begins to battle the virus.

    SYMPTOMS OF A COLD

    The first thing you need to understand is that not every child who develops a cough or cold will also develop complications. Every child handles the common cold differently because immune systems are at different levels of efficiency. The first symptoms will appear within two days of being exposed to the virus and is usually either a runny nose or a tickle in the throat. Soon, the runny nose will become a stuffy nose, the first sign of nasal congestion, and the tickle will develop into a sore throat.

    Other symptoms include headache, mild fever and sneezing. The symptoms will get worse during the first 10 days of the infection. These are usually nothing to worry about, but it is always a good idea to visit the pediatrician for an examination.

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