The holiday season is not only a time for joy and togetherness, but unfortunately also for illnesses. The change in weather combined with the closeness of friends and family makes a great combination for germs to spread. Here are four of the most common illnesses to see in kids that you should be keeping an eye out for:
- Flu: The first one is the flu that you should definitely be on the look out for. It's more commonly seen in kids simply because they have a weaker immune system. If you have an infant and notice symptoms, r sure that you take them to the doctor right away. If you have older children who have it, keep them out of school and daycare to prevent spreading. These symptoms include high fever, chills, loss of appetite and more. No matter what the age of your child, you should definitely at least call their pediatrician for advice. Since the flu strains change every year there are different methods and medicines that are recommended for fighting it.
- Cold: The common cold is not something to worry too much about. Usually a bit of sleep, some Vick's rub at night, and the use of a humidifier can help fight off the cold relatively quickly. However, if symptoms become worse, it could mean that they actually have the flu, in which case, you want to get them to the doctor.
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Like the common cold, RSV isn't something to be too considered about, unless your infant has it. This virus usually causes coughing and a sore throat. In infants, this can be a dangerous combination, so you want to ensure that they are closely monitored. In older children, fluids and nasal sprays can help, but if combined with a fever, you will want to take them to see their pediatrician.
- Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a virus of the lungs that typical develops when your child is suffering from the flu. This is why taking your child to the doctor at this time, especially if you notice worsening symptoms is so important. You definitely want this treated right away so that it doesn't become worse and possibly lead to the virus becoming fatal.
When you know what some of the more common illnesses are during this time of year, you can have a better sense of what your child might be suffering from and when to take them to their pediatrician. This way, you fight the illnesses and get your child feeling better before the holidays are here.