Most childhood illnesses can be combated with a healthy lifestyle. Washing hands frequently, eating well, getting at least an hour of exercise (even in the winter) a day, and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night can all help keep our immune systems strong.
Below is a list of the more common illnesses and symptoms children experience in the fall and winter months. We are happy to see your child anytime you have a concern with their health.
If you hear squeaking, whistling, or a particular note coming from your child’s windpipe when they inhale or exhale, this is a sign that they could be having difficulty breathing. It is important to bring them to be seen right away to make sure they don’t have a serious upper respiratory condition. Our practitioners will listen to their lungs with a stethoscope while they breathe. If necessary, they may also perform a breath test or take a chest x-ray to see if there’s a blockage. Your practitioner may suggest getting an inhaler for short-term relief or long-term treatment.
This illness occurs when the small air ducts leading to the lungs (called bronchioles) become blocked, inflamed, swollen, or filled with mucus, making breathing very difficult. Symptoms can include a stuffy/runny nose, cough, or fever accompanied by wheezing or quickened breathing. Most cases will clear up on their own, but it is important to visit a primary care doctor right away to ensure these symptoms are not caused by something more serious.
The flu can be very serious when infants or children under age 5 develop symptoms. Some of the common symptoms can be hard to identify in young children, such as body aches or headaches. Whenever your child has a fever, persistent cough, or seems fatigued, it’s a good idea to bring them to your pediatrician. We offer immunization against most flu strains.
Pneumonia can be caused by a bacterial infection or viral infection. Depending on which type of exposure your child had to the illness, our practitioners may prescribe antibiotics or antiviral medications. Don’t use OTC cough and cold medications for children under six years old without first consulting a pediatrician. If your child’s skin or fingernails look blue-grey, if they have difficulty breathing, or if they have a high fever, visit a local urgent care or emergency room, or call your pediatrician right away.
Vaccines are important to keep the spread of disease at a minimum. We offer all the vaccines below for children ages two weeks to 18 years. If you have any questions regarding vaccines we will be happy to go over them with you.
Chickenpox Vaccine (Varicella) http://www.immunize.org/vis/varicella.pdf
DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) http://www.immunize.org/vis/dtap.pdf
Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) http://www.immunize.org/vis/hib.pdf
Hepatitis A http://www.immunize.org/vis/hepatitis_a.pdf
Hepatitis B http://www.immunize.org/vis/hepatitis_b.pdf
HPV (Gardasil 9) http://www.immunize.org/vis/hpv_gardasil_9.pdf
MenB (Meningococcal) http://www.immunize.org/vis/meningococcal_b.pdf
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) http://www.immunize.org/vis/mmr.pdf
PCV13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine) http://www.immunize.org/vis/pcv.pdf
Polio IPV http://www.immunize.org/vis/polio_ipv.pdf
Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) http://www.immunize.org/vis/tdap.pdf
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