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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 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.
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.