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Coughs and Colds, and Flu…Oh My!

November 14, 20231 min read

As we enter into the fall and winter seasons, kids are back in school, and illness is again on the rise. This time of year, there tends to be a lot of respiratory viruses, or colds, going around. Respiratory viruses commonly cause cough, congestion, runny nose, fevers, sore throat, fatigue, and body aches.  There are several things you can do to help decrease risk of spreading these colds:

• Frequent hand washing

• Covering coughs and sneezes

• Staying home when feeling sick

• Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose

• Minimize time around others who are sick

• Make sure to clean toys and commonly touched surfaces like counters regularly

• Receive recommended vaccines including annual flu and COVID boosters

Despite best efforts colds tend to sneak in at some point or another, thankfully there are many things that can help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms at home. Some supportive measures include:

• Getting plenty of rest

• Drinking clear fluids to stay hydrated

• Humidifier or steamy showers

• Warm tea and honey

• Suctioning the nose of young children and babies

Sometimes supportive measures are not enough and seeking medical care is necessary. Please seek medical care for your child if you notice any of the following:

• Lethargy

• Breathing changes or difficulty breathing

• Dehydration or decreased urination

• High fevers

If you are otherwise unsure or uncomfortable with how your child is feeling or acting during an illness, please reach out to their primary care provider for advice or take them in to be evaluated.

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