It’s called the “common” cold with good reason; it’s the most common infectious disease in the United States. The common cold responsible for more school absences than any other illness. Most kids under age five can have 6-8 colds per year and the symptoms can last seven to fourteen days.
This contagious infection of the upper airway (nose, throat, and sinuses) is caused by a virus. A cold virus is spread from a sick person to others by sneezing or coughing or contact with the hands or mouth. A cold virus can live on toys, phones, door knobs, tables, and other objects for up to three hours and transfer to a child’s hands. The virus gets on a child’s hands and is transferred to the nose, mouth, or eyes by normal face touching habits.
I know that there have been quite a few blogs about vaping recently (and you may be sick of reading about this in the news), but I’m writing this as a request from several parents and patients. Even as I write this, I’m sitting in a meeting getting briefed on the most recent cases of lung injuries related to vaping. I am receiving multiple calls and patient questions daily about this. This is an ongoing thing, and each day it gets bigger and bigger.
many parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the life-changing diagnosis
comes suddenly: The child has become dehydrated, resulting in a trip to the
emergency room and sometimes life-threatening complications. Recently,
researchers developed a classification system for the different stages of
diabetes to help them understand how the disease progresses and identify type 1
diabetes before it progresses to a dangerous level.
Getting ready to start a new school year can be a time of anxiety and even stress for any family, but especially those families who are managing a chronic illness.
In the weeks before school starts, it can be helpful to begin transitioning back to a school year routine – that might include going to bed and getting up earlier, maybe even shifting eating schedules to more closely align with the school day.
The unofficial end of summer is usually celebrated on Labor Day or the first day of school. But for some people, the start of fall is signaled by an itch in the throat and a stuffy nose. The change of seasons can be miserable for kids (and parents) who suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever.