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  • Influenza — Educational Resources

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    Influenza — Educational Resources

    To help your family stay healthy during flu season, the infectious disease experts from Children’s Health℠ have developed resources about the flu.


  • Should your child take Tamiflu?

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    Should your child take Tamiflu?

    When children are sick, all you want is to help them feel better. With bacterial infections, you might give them antibiotics, but when it comes to viruses like the flu, you may not have many options.


  • Your guide to preventing and treating the flu

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    Your guide to preventing and treating the flu

    Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a viral infection that affects the lungs, mouth and throat. It isn't the same as a stomach "flu," which is the result of viruses in the gastrointestinal tract.


  • Surviving the time change with a toddler

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    Surviving the time change with a toddler

    When daylight saving time changes come around, or you need to adjust your child’s sleep schedule for other reasons, you should take careful steps to change the bedtime routine.


  • Flu shot and egg allergy

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    Flu shot and egg allergy

    When fall comes around each year, it's time to think about everyone in your family getting a flu shot – for their protection and to do your part to boost community health. But, if your child has an egg allergy, you may be concerned about the egg protein in the flu shot.


  • Cold vs flu: How to tell the difference

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    Cold vs flu: How to tell the difference

    Parents can expect their kids to get colds every year, especially during the fall and winter months when the risk of flu is also higher. So, how can you tell if your child is having flu symptoms or just has the common cold?


  • 6 home remedies for flu in kids [Infographic]

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    6 home remedies for flu in kids [Infographic]

    Symptoms of the flu can include sore throat, congestion, fever, chills and fatigue. If your child is feeling sick, help them feel better by encouraging rest and keeping them hydrated. You can also try these home remedies to give relief.


  • Sick with the flu: When to go to the ER [Infographic]

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    Sick with the flu: When to go to the ER [Infographic]

    When children display symptoms of the flu, parents are often unsure when they should call the doctor or when to take their child to the hospital. Children with the flu can typically be treated at home with rest and fluids. A trip to the emergency room (ER) should not be necessary for most cases of the flu. However, there are certain warning signs parents can watch for to know when to seek medical attention.


  • Home remedies for cough in kids [Infographic]

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    Home remedies for cough in kids [Infographic]

    If your child seems to be coughing constantly, it can be concerning. Typically, a child's cough is nothing to worry about. Many times, it can be caused by a common cold or even by allergies. But since over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children under the age of 6 years, it can be challenging to know how to help your child feel comfortable – especially if a cough is keeping him or her up at night. See seven ways you can treat your child's cough at home.


  • What to do when your child has a fever

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    What to do when your child has a fever

    When your child has a fever, it is a sign that their immune system is fighting off an infection. "The vast majority of infectious diseases that are associated with a high fever are caused by a virus, and are usually accompanied by coughing, congestion, vomiting or diarrhea," says LeAnn Kridelbaugh, M.D., President of Children's Health℠ Pediatric Group. "Fever can also coincide with an ear infection or strep throat as well as less common infections like pneumonia."


  • Winter blues or something more serious?

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    Winter blues or something more serious?

    Each winter you might notice a dip in your child's mood and a change in his or her behavior, and then witness them return to being themselves again once springtime hits. You might even experience these seasonal changes yourself.


  • 5 tips for an active, healthier winter

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    5 tips for an active, healthier winter

    As the winter months approach and the temperatures get cooler, many of us hibernate and seek out our favorite comfort foods. Making time for physical activity not only helps offset all the holiday eating, but it can create new family traditions around healthier behaviors.


  • Pertussis can be fatal to your child – everyone should get vaccinated

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    Pertussis can be fatal to your child – everyone should get vaccinated

    Pertussis is a highly contagious illness of the respiratory mucous membrane. It’s marked by a series of short, violent coughs sometimes followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like whoop. A type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis causes this infectious disease. The bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line the upper respiratory system. Bordetella pertussis toxins (poisons) damage the cilia and cause airways to swell.


  • 4 hidden spots for holiday germs

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    4 hidden spots for holiday germs

    Presents aren't the only thing in hiding during the holiday season. With more travel, parties, family and shopping, germs hide out and often show up uninvited to spread contagious illnesses that can put a damper on holiday fun.



  • Common cold in babies

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    Common cold in babies

    There's nothing common about a cold when a newborn or infant has one: The congestion, coughing and low-grade fever that can accompany a cold is enough to make even the most seasoned parents worry. Given babies will have anywhere from eight to 10 colds by the time they turn 2 years old, parents can feel more comfortable and confident when they quickly recognize the signs of a common cold and know remedies to help ease their baby's symptoms.


  • Managing your child's asthma in the winter

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    Managing your child's asthma in the winter

    Have you ever wondered why cold weather can trigger asthma? It is because cold air causes the muscles that surround the airways to contract, making the airways narrow. For kids with asthma, that constriction can make breathing more difficult and make asthma attacks more likely. In addition, other health conditions like the flu and respiratory infections are more common during colder months, and those illnesses can make asthma symptoms worse.




  • In case you MIST it: Nasal flu vaccine gets reshelved

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    In case you MIST it: Nasal flu vaccine gets reshelved

    If you are like many parents, the nasal spray flu vaccine sounds like an easy way to protect your child against the flu. You don't have to worry about your child's fear of needles or the tears or tantrums leading up to the shot.

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