Hello to our wonderful community of parents, guardians, and little heroes!
September marks the beginning of a season filled with cooler air, falling leaves, and cozy sweaters. However, it also brings along the resurgence of some common health challenges, especially for our young ones. Today, we’ll dive into four such concerns: The Common Cold, Flu, Allergies, Asthma, and Strep Throat.
The cold season is upon us, and it’s essential to differentiate between cold symptoms and other illnesses.
– Symptoms: Runny or stuffy nose, mild cough, low-grade fever, tiredness, and sore throat.
– Care: Rest, hydration, and over-the-counter pain relievers can be helpful. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult with us.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
-Symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, and more.
-Protection: Annual flu shots are the first line of defense! Encourage frequent handwashing, and ensure that your child stays home when feeling unwell to prevent the spread.
Tip: Schedule your child’s flu shot with us! Let’s fortify their defense against the flu season.
Allergies are reactions to allergens like pollen, mold, and dust mites.
-Symptoms: Sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, a runny or stuffy nose.
-Management: Monitor pollen counts and keep windows closed during high counts. Regularly clean and dust your home. Over-the-counter or prescribed antihistamines can help.
A chronic condition where the airways in the lungs narrow and swell, producing extra mucus.
-Symptoms: Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness.
-Management: Identify and avoid asthma triggers. Ensure your child has an updated asthma action plan and always has their inhaler or nebulizer accessible.
Tip: With the falling leaves, mold can become a trigger. Be vigilant and clear damp areas around your home.
A bacterial infection that causes pain and inflammation in the throat.
-Symptoms: Sore throat, pain when swallowing, fever, red and swollen tonsils.
-Treatment: If you suspect your child has strep, it’s crucial to see a healthcare provider. A quick test can confirm, and antibiotics can treat the infection.
As we navigate the season, remember that our team at Pediatric Heroes and Families Primary Care Clinic is here to guide, support, and care for your little ones. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and let’s ensure our children remain the radiant heroes they are! Contact us for more info or make an appointment here.