Winter is right around the corner, and with it cold and flu season. One of the most common conditions we see in the winter is called “Bronchiolitis.” It is an infection of the lower respiratory tract characterized by cough, congestion, and wheezing, and is very common in children.
The infection causes cells lining the small airways to die and can clog those airways causing difficulty breathing. Bronchiolitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection, so antibiotics do not help. The virus most frequently associated with bronchiolitis is called RSV which usually circulates between November and April, with most infections and hospitalizations occurring in January and February. Almost all children have been infected by age 3, but most do not need to be hospitalized.
Someone once said it’s not what kind of world we’re leaving for our children, but what kind of children we’re leaving for our world. Kindness and a sense of gratitude are core values that we need to help encourage in children. And, while encouraging a positive mindset is something to consider all year long, the holidays present a unique opportunity to focus on a message of gratitude.
Studies have shown that children who cultivate gratitude in their lives have better social relationships and do better in school. Being grateful actually contributes to our overall sense of well-being and helps increase our happiness. But, as any parent of a young child knows – especially during the holidays – encouraging gratitude in the midst of pressure for expensive or numerous gifts can be challenging.
So, how do parents help encourage gratitude in children?
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.
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.