Tag Archive: Fever

  1. Flu Tips

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    Help Your Child Fight The Flu This Season With These Flu Tips

    Flu Tips can help your family stay happy and healthy through the year. The Influenza virus, commonly called the flu, is back in the news and causing panic all around. Children are most susceptible to this illness because they meet a lot of other children on a regular basis at school and these places often spread all kinds of diseases quickly. If you want to keep your child healthy this season, look out for the common flu symptoms in children and ensure that you take as many preventive measures as possible so that you are not stuck at home taking care of your children all season.

    Symptoms of Flu

    You can never tell when your child is going to fall ill. However, it is worth looking out for the signs of the flu so that you can catch them early and get it treated immediately. These signs include:

    •    A headache or pain in different parts of the body
    •    A high grade fever that may even go up to 104 degrees F
    •    A cough which usually sounds very dry
    •    A sore throat or irritation in the throat, sometimes accompanied by a difficulty in swallowing
    •    Vomiting or an ache in the belly
    •    Fever accompanied by the chills

    Preventive Measures

    It is difficult to keep your child away from stuff that is circulating in the air. But there are a few ways in which you can help them stay as healthy as possible in order to prevent them from catching the flu virus.

    Encourage hand washing. Remind them to wash their hands regularly, especially as soon as they get home from outside. You should also keep your hands clean as it prevents the spreading of germs.

    Try to avoid the draft. A sudden nip in the air can often make kids fall ill. Cover them up properly before they go out and don’t forget to put on a few extra layers if it looks like the temperature is going to fall.

    Stay hydrated. Fluids help the immune system to function better. Ensure that everyone in the house is drinking enough water. Warm fluids like soups and tea are also ideal when it gets cold. Stay away from the sodas and other cold drinks.

    Visit a pediatrician. They will give you flu tips and tell you what is best for your family. A lot of them also recommend that your children get the flu vaccine and this could help them get through the entire season without falling ill and being stuck in bed for a few days. A pediatrician will also tell you how to treat the flu if your child already has it.

    At Pediatric Partners, we provide all kinds of medical assistance to children, right from when they are born until they reach adolescence. Our professionals ensure that every child is well-cared for and given the best treatment available. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  2. 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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