When the seasons start to change, pediatricians sense more than just winter in the air. Common colds, pink eyes, ear infections, coughs and the flu are guaranteed to arrive, just like the snow.
While most common illnesses will be over relatively quickly, it can be difficult to watch your child experience the symptoms once, let alone several times, during the season. Fortunately, there are several steps we can take to prevent illnesses.
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.
As kids return to school, chances are you’ll start to encounter runny noses and sore throats. As a parent, you’re often faced with the decision as to whether your child is well enough to go to school.
Before making such a decision, parents should consider how their child will be able to function in class, and if they are a danger to the other students.
Your college-age kid texts…”not feeling well.”
Great. What do you do when he’s miles away and you’re not there to do the “Doctor Mom” thing? Parenting from afar is part of the growing up process – letting them learn how cope on their own, helping them become adults. But when your otherwise healthy young adult isn’t feeling well and turns to you – the heartstrings tug a little tighter.
We are in the throes of “sick season”: children with colds, ear infections, flu-like illness, pneumonia and, of course, the actual flu.
The drugstores are busy with families coming in to fill prescriptions and also to shop for over-the-counter medications to help alleviate all the yucky symptoms that come with this season.