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  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. Common Respiratory Illness In Children

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    Children below the age of 12 months can suffer from a number of respiratory diseases that can carry on for the rest of their lives if not treated and controlled properly.

    At Pediatric Partners, we look after your child’s health and provide the best treatment possible. All of us at Pediatric Partners are easily accessible and are committed to keeping your child healthy. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Different Types Of Respiratory Illnesses

    Here are some common respiratory illnesses that occur in children. Even though some of these are minor illnesses, if they are not treated properly they can lead to major lung diseases and various infections.

    Influenza

    Commonly referred to as the Flu, Influenza can have fever, muscle aches, a cough and other common symptoms. Even though the flu is very common among children, if your child is below 2 months, has breathing difficulties or has a fever above 101°F, you should visit the doctor.

    Common Cold

    There are over 200 types of viruses that can lead to the common cold. Usually characterized by a runny nose or sore throat, all children suffer from the cold at some point of time or another. In order to keep the cold under check and keep your baby safe, use an aspirator or vaporizer to clear his or her nose and keep cleaning their face to prevent skin problems. If the cold turns into a rash, fever or any serious problem, visit the doctor immediately.

    Asthma

    Symptoms of asthma are commonly seen in children that have a lot of allergies. These children react to various allergens that affect the airways and cause various breathing problems. A number of children that are exposed to second hand smoke or are allergic to pollen have problems with their lungs and that can lead to chronic asthma. It is important for these children to consult a doctor regularly so that they can be prepared with asthma medication whenever an attack comes on.

    Bronchiolitis

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a respiratory infection that usually leads to Bronchiolitis or Bronchitis. Most children below the age of two suffer from this infection. Children suffering from RSV often have wheezing problems that last for about 7 days. Over 30% of children who suffer from the infection are at a risk of chronic bronchitis or asthma symptoms later in their life so it is important to get it checked immediately.

    Triggers and Causes of Respiratory Illness

    Respiratory illnesses are usually caused either through genetics or by some kind of environmental factor. Right from the time when a mother is pregnant, the child is at risk of developing respiratory diseases. For example, mothers who smoke during pregnancy could pass on this smoke to the baby and damage the lungs. Children could also react to pollutants like Sulphur Dioxide in the air or pollen from plants. Lifestyle is also a very important factor since healthy and active children are usually at a lower risk of getting lung diseases.

    If you’re little one is feeling under the weather, let Pediatric Partners help. Call to schedule an appointment now.

  3. Sinus Infections

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    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SINUS INFECTION AND THE COMMON COLD

    Can you tell the difference between a cold and something more difficult, like sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection? Though symptoms are similar, the two conditions are treated differently, which is why it is important to understand the origins of a sinus infection and how you can separate it from the common cold.

    WHAT IS SINUSITIS?

    A sinus infection is usually caused by either a bacteria or virus that has the end result of inflaming the sinus passages, blocking off any air, leaving the sufferer feeling stuffed up, just like a cold. The difference between sinusitis and a cold is that after it sets in, the sufferer finds it difficult to breathe, can be nauseated, and has fits of coughing and sneezing, with a watery nasal discharge.

    A cold will ease off after three to four days, while an attack of sinusitis can last for a week or more. After three days, a younger child will develop a fever, as well as a cough and upset stomach. Older children may feel pain in their teeth, ears and sinuses, have a persistent dry cough, feel a tenderness or throbbing around their sinuses, and in some cases, may feel pain behind their eyes as pressure continues to develop.

    WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR

    A cold will normally run its course within two to three days, while sinusitis should be on the mend within seven days. If symptoms persist or worsen past the seven day mark, it is a sign that the immune system is not capable of dealing with the infection on its own.

    In order to diagnose your child’s condition definitively, your pediatrician may run additional tests, to rule out a bacterial or viral infection like pneumonia, bronchitis, early asthma development, or allergies. Once the source of the distress is determined, then proper treatment can begin.

    SINUSITIS TREATMENT

    Generally, your pediatrician will prescribe oral antibiotics and nasal decongestants, in order to control symptoms while the body fights infection. Any pain can be treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as it can be dangerous to give young children aspirin for any reason.

    Does your child’s cold seem to be more than just a cold? It may be a sinus infection. Call Pediatric Partners for an appointment today.

  4. Viruses and Fever

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    THE COMMON COLD

    This is probably the most reported illness in children, and can be linked to viruses and fever. Even babies can catch a cold.

    The most common virus is the rhinovirus, as it is transmitted through touch and the air. Typical symptoms are congestion, coughing, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes and a scratchy throat. If your child develops a fever, it is nothing out of the ordinary, since children are more susceptible to running a fever with a virus than adults are. However, it is still important to keep an eye on your child’s temperature during this time. Should it climb to above 102 or last for more than three days, go to the doctor’s office. Always check with your doctor before administering any medication, and ensure your child receives rest and plenty of fluids.

    THE FLU

    The flu is almost as common as the common cold, but it can be far more tricky to treat and can become dangerous for children. The spread of flu is often caused by the virus itself being so adaptive. What might have worked last year might not work this year.

    If your child has the flu, fever will be present (again, a temperature of a 102 or greater requires you to bring your child to their pediatrician). Additional symptoms include chills or feeling overly tired and achy.

    STOMACH FLU

    The stomach flu attacks the intestinal tract directly and can cause painful swelling of those sensitive organs and tissues. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are often the first symptoms. If your child is listless, and complaining of a tummy ache, please do not hesitate to bring them in for an evaluation. The biggest threat with stomach flu is dehydration, so plenty of rest and fluids are essential for treatment.

    If you feel your child may have the common cold, the regular flu or the stomach flu, call us today.

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