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Why Children Should Get Flu Shot

Controversies over immunizations and other vaccines have been raging for quite some time. You may read that you should get a flu shot on one day, only to find 25 reasons not to get a flu shot the next day. And what about your children? Should they get a flu shot?

Here is the simple answer: Yes. Here’s why.

Influenza is still a big killer. Children and the elderly seem to be most vulnerable, because often they have little in the way of immunities to fight off this most aggressive of infections. Flu symptoms in children can come on suddenly, exactly the way they do in adults. Often children can feel miserable for a considerable amount of time, too.

People will sometimes tell you that the vaccine is not very effective. It may not be 100% effective, but if your child contracts the flu, it will be a lot shorter and a lot milder than if they never had a flu shot. Many nursery schools are now mandating that every child have a flu shot, because it keeps kids from getting the flu and causing an epidemic.

Other people will tell you it’s too late in the season for your children to get a flu shot. This also isn’t true. The earlier you get the flu shot, the more your body will be immunized for it, but it’s never too late for a flu shot. The flu typically doesn’t peak until sometime in February, so make that child doctor visit in North Valley today to find out about a flu shot for your children.

Some people will tell you they got sick as a result of the flu shot. While they may experience muscle aches or a mild fever in children, kids won’t get a full-blown flu. And the symptoms are gone before you know it. In children, just like any other immunization, most kids won’t have any effects from getting the flu shot.

Then, there are people who will try to tell you as long as your kids are healthy they don’t need a flu shot. Influenza comes out of the blue and often strikes down the healthiest of people. Flu often comes with its own special bag of complications – things such as pneumonia, coughing for weeks after, and spreading the germ to everyone in their path.

Be a proactive parent and take action today. Get your kids a flu shot by calling Pediatrix now and arranging a child doctor visit in the North Valley.

Posted in Blog on March 22nd, 2016

Flu vs Cold: Symptoms in Children

You just received a call from the school, and they are sending your child home because of a runny nose and a fever. You may be asking yourself: is it just a cold or is it flu? Should you call your doctor now or wait and see?

Having a cold or the flu can seem very similar. Both are respiratory illnesses, which mean they affect the lungs, but there are definite differences between a cold and the flu. Knowing what your child has will go a long in making sure they receive proper treatment.

Cold Symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Mild body aches
  • Possible reduced appetite
  • Occasional mild fever

Colds usually take some time to come on. You may spend a day or two sneezing before it really becomes that full-blown cold. In young children, they may run a slight fever with their cold, because their bodies haven’t yet adapted to having a cold.

Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever (sometimes high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose or stuffiness
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • No desire to eat

Flu symptoms in children usually come on very quickly. Having the flu will make your child feel awful. They may feel so bad, they won’t want to do anything but sleep. This is the biggest indicator of what you’re dealing with. A flu will sideline your child, whereas a cold will make them feel miserable for a day or so, then start to go away. Flu symptoms linger on for about 5 days before your child really begins to feel better.

Remember, flu symptoms can vary from child to child. If you do suspect your child has the flu, it’s best to make a child doctor visit in Anthem, AZ. They will confirm your suspicions and get your child on the way to feeling better again.

Before the flu season ever hits, you can have your children get a flu vaccine. If they’ve already contracted flu, there is antiviral medication they can take which will be effective, if given within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

For symptoms that seem to go from bad to worse or for ear pain, strep throat, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor right away. Never assume that symptoms will just go away on their own. Be sure to get your child checked out for cold or flu symptoms right away.

Posted in Blog on February 9th, 2016

Flu in Children: How It Spreads, Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Prevention

Influenza, or the ‘flu’ is a common respiratory illness that seems to affect many people during the winter season, although many get the flu at other times of the year also. Kids seem to be more susceptible to it than adults. Now that winter has arrived, the flu season will be kicking up. You want to be prepared and know what to look out for.

Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Children

If your children suddenly come home telling you they feel awful, check for the following flu symptoms in children:

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • coughing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • not eating
  • diarrhea
  • ear pain

You may think they just have another cold, but the flu will make them sicker by far. Usually most symptoms are gone within 5 days, but a cough may linger for weeks. Don’t ignore signs of the flu as it can lead to worse complications including possibly pneumonia.

If you notice fever in children, and suspect your child has the flu, don’t hesitate to schedule a child doctor visit in Happy Valley. Pediatrix doctors are available to speak with you about how to keep your child safe and comfortable when they have the flu.

Knowing How it Spreads

Flu is highly contagious, which means if you are near anyone who has it, chances are you’ll be next. When people with the flu germ cough or sneeze, little droplets find their way into the air and are breathed in by others close by.

Touching things will also spread flu germs. Children in school will often find themselves not feeling well due to the flu. After touching doorknobs, phones, or anything in public places, you may go home not feeling so well. Because of this, hand washing is essential during the flu season.

  • Treatments: This would include plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of liquids, and staying at home. Children’s aspirin or ibuprofen can relieve fever, headaches, and muscle aches.
  • Prevention: Children are natural ‘picker-uppers’, meaning anything and everything they see they must handle. When another child with flu germs has already handled something, that germ is spread, and quickly.
  • Hand washing: Teach your children to wash their hands frequently, as hand washing is a very effective way to stop the spread of a respiratory illness.
  • Vaccinate: The flu vaccine is available for everyone over 6 months of age. Usually you start thinking about a flu vaccine in September, but you can still get a flu vaccine now.

If you have questions about possible flu symptoms in your children, be sure to contact your Pediatrix office and schedule your child a doctor visit in Happy Valley.

Posted in Blog on January 26th, 2016

Child Visits During Flu Season? Here’s How We Protect Your Child in the Office

There may be times during flu season when your child has an appointment to come in for a child doctor visit in Glendale and you’re concerned that coming in to the office will make matters worse. We are as concerned for your children’s health as you are, and take every precaution to ensure their well-being when they step inside our offices.

Especially during flu season, it is important to maintain regular check-ups and child doctor visits in Glendale. However, if you are unsure about whether or not it is the best time for your child to come in and see a Pediatrix doctor, give us a call. We are available to help you with this decision, and to reschedule if necessary.

Here are some health tips for you to think about now that flu season is back once again. These tips can protect your child both in the office and at home.

  • At Pediatrix, we practice good health etiquette and hygiene. Flu germs can be spread up to 6 feet when a person sneezes, so do like we do. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and always throw the tissue away right after sneezing or coughing. Don’t hold on to the germs!
  • If we get sick, we stay home. That’s what you should be doing, too. When your children don’t feel well, don’t force them out the door to school. They’ll only end up in the nurses’ office anyway. Have them stay away from their friends and other siblings, too, when they feel like they’re catching a cold or the flu.
  • Become a handwashing expert. Good handwashing should be between 20-30 seconds long. Rub the fingers of your one hand into the soapy palm of your other hand and scrub for 30 seconds. Repeat for the other fingers.
  • Clean all surfaces that you touch. This includes phones, computers, door knobs, toys, hand rails, counters, tables and chairs. If you touch it, disinfect it regularly.
  • Know what flu symptoms in children are. Sudden fevers, chills, aches, and pains are all good indicators that the flu has arrived.
  • Get your children a flu vaccine. Even toddlers can benefit from a flu shot. While it may not be 100% effective against getting the flu, a flu vaccine will go a long way to ensuring that your children are as protected as they can be. Should they pick up the flu, it will be a lot shorter and milder than had they never gotten a flu shot.

Coming in for a child doctor visit in Glendale should put your mind at ease. We have your child’s best interests at heart, so make that call today if you must.

Posted in Blog on January 12th, 2016

Why Your Kids Need a Flu Vaccine

There are many illnesses that your child will inevitably get, and one of them could be the flu. Influenza can be very dangerous in children; there are those who end up being hospitalized and even those cases which result in death.

Flu seasons vary, of course, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider getting your children vaccinated against influenza. Flu is much more intense than the common cold, and your child can take two weeks or more to recover from this particular bout of sickness.

What can you do for your children to protect them from the flu?

The best remedy you can give your child is to make sure that he/she is vaccinated each year against seasonal flu. Once school commences, it’s just a short time before all of the common illnesses will start. Colds, viruses, and other infections commonly found in classrooms or any place young children gather.

There are traditional flu vaccines, called trivalent vaccines which can protect against three flu viruses. One is influenza A, known as H1N1. Another is influenza A, known as H3N2 virus, and lastly, influenza B.

In addition to those, there are the quadrivalent vaccines, which protect against four flu viruses.

A vaccination schedule for children is something your kids are probably already on. Don’t overlook them getting the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine can be administered by Glendale pediatricians in either a nasal spray or by injection. Either way, it is highly effective in preventing flu in young children.

Flu symptoms in children are nothing to take lightly. Influenza is a serious infection that if left untreated, can result in developing complications or hospitalization.

It’s a good idea to look into getting your young children immunized against the flu. Children 6 months or older can receive the vaccine. It won’t make them sick or give them the flu. Along with older adults and anyone of special health risk, getting the flu vaccine is just another way you can protect your children from certain severe illnesses.

Remember, that any vaccine takes time to work, up to two weeks, in some cases. So, the earlier you consider a flu vaccine for your child, the better. You should contact your Glendale pediatricians as soon as possible.

They will answer any questions or concerns you have about the flu vaccine, and be able to give you the best recommendations as to when to bring your child in for a flu vaccine.

Posted in Blog on December 22nd, 2015

What to Do When Your Kids Have the Flu

Your child comes home from school and tells you he doesn’t feel well. He is is warm to the touch, and looks tired. There may be stuffiness and a dry cough as well. It is likely that your child is suffering from the flu, a respiratory infection which affects the nose, throat and sinuses.

Check them for symptoms. Flu symptoms include:

  • sudden high fever
  • headache
  • general overall achiness
  • fatigue and feeling weak
  • sneezing
  • coughing (a dry cough)
  • a stuffy runny nose
  • a sore throat

Generally, flu symptoms are mild but can turn severe. If your child demonstrates any of the above symptoms, then be sure they stay at home for at least the next 2-3 days. Bed rest and lots of fluids will be a big help. Any pain or fever can be treated with acetaminophen, but not aspirin. Don’t give them any cough medication if they are under the age of 6.

Children who become sick will usually have little to no appetite, and shouldn’t be encouraged to eat unless they want to. Just like us, they require lots of rest and sleep in order to fight off the flu infection and start feeling better.

Always monitor how your child is feeling. You may want to have them use a mild heating pad to reduce muscle pain or those generally achy feelings. Have them gargle with warm salt water to make their sore throat feel better. Use saline drops to soften nasal passages. Remember, never smoke around your children at any time, and especially not when they’re sick.

Occasionally, flu symptoms can go from mild to severe. Watch for certain signs:

  • an exceptionally high fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • vomiting but not eating
  • fussiness in very young children
  • skin color is turning blue
  • has trouble waking up
  • is not feeling well after 5 days and symptoms are getting worse

You’ll know how your child is progressing. If they are having a bout of sickness, you may want to try some home remedies for vomiting. Have them drink mint tea or take ginger root with a little honey to relieve the feeling of nausea. Certain other herbs such as cinnamon, cumin, or fennel seeds are also used for relieving nausea and vomiting.

Sometimes, other complications can arise from a bout with the flu. That’s why it’s always a good idea to contact Pediatrix, your North Phoenix pediatrics office with any questions you may have.

Posted in Blog on November 24th, 2015

Infants and Colds – Prevention is the First Step

Treating your baby for a cold can be tricky. First of all, sometimes it’s hard to tell if it really is a cold or just some nasal stuffiness. After all, infants can’t tell you how they feel or what the problem is.

Colds are a very common illness in children, and even babies tend to get their fair share. Just a little stuffiness and they can sound just awful. How do you prevent them from getting frequent colds?

Here’s how:

  • Use saline drops in their nose and suction frequently. This will go a long way to relieving a lot of the mucus that builds up.
  • Apply a thin coating of petroleum jelly or coconut oil under your baby’s nose.
  • Use a humidifier in their rooms to keep the air moist.
  • Assure that your baby gets lots of rest.
  • Give your baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen but only if they are older than 6 months. When giving any medication, it’s always a good idea to call your Glendale pediatricians for expert advice.
  • If someone recommends honey, politely refuse. Don’t give honey to children under the age of one.

There is so much advice out there on how to care for your baby, it all may seem confusing. Stick with the tried-and-true advice, especially when it comes to your kids.

Practice healthy habits from the start. Teach your children good hygiene, how to eat healthy foods and the value of getting a good night’s sleep every night. Know what flu symptoms in children look like: a sudden onset of fever, overall achiness and fatigue, a dry cough, sore throat and stuffiness in their nose.

Be aware that all surfaces carry germs. Doorknobs are some of the worst culprits; and toys, too. Have your children wash their hands frequently, and with your baby, clean their toys every day, as they are always putting them in their mouths anyway.

Usually, a cold or the flu will be on the mild side with a baby under a year old. If you notice your little one doesn’t seem to be getting better, or their skin color isn’t quite right or their fever increases, then be sure to call your Glendale pediatricians right away.

Always keep a special eye on your kids when they’re sick. Before you know it, they will back to their little lovable selves and ready for a new day.

Posted in Blog on November 10th, 2015

How Eating Right Can Prevent the Cold and Flu in Children

Once summer comes to an end, school begins and lots of activities start up again. These are busy, fun days, except for when your child gets a cold or flu. It’s frustrating to deal with sickness in children, but there are things you can do to help lessen those sick days.

A great way to help fight off colds and the flu is by teaching children to eat healthily. With so many fast-food and on-the-go foods available, children miss out on important nutrients. Cereal may be a great substitute now and then; but it shouldn’t be the only thing your child comes to love.

Here are some foods that can boost your child’s immunity:

  • Yogurt. Because it’s rich in probiotic cultures, yogurt is essential for immune health. Probiotics help to fight off illnesses because they live where viruses reside.
  • Kiwi fruit. This fruit is full of Vitamins C and E which are powerful antioxidants. These also help to destroy the bad germs that find their way into our bodies.
  • Fruits. All fresh fruit should be on your child’s plate every day. Especially oranges and blueberries. And apples, too. They really do help to keep the doctor away!
  • Vegetables. Carrots and cucumbers are great immune boosters. All veggies play an important role in your child’s digestive health, so make sure they’re there.
  • Lean meats. Not all beef or meat is bad for children. Lean meats such as turkey burgers are a great substitute for chicken nuggets. Or try a ham and cheese rollup for something different.
  • Snacks. Yes, there are good snacks. Trail mixes or tortilla chips with a little avocado make delicious in-between food ideas.

Eating right will go a long way to preventing children from frequent illnesses. They probably won’t escape every sickness, that’s why it’s a good idea to know the flu symptoms in children and how to care for your child when they do catch a cold or flu.

You may already be very aware of just what to do should your child get sick. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to give our North Phoenix pediatrics office a call. We are more than happy to help you with whatever question you have.

Kids are our life. Let us help you help them.

Posted in Blog on November 3rd, 2015

Feed the Flu and Other Treatment Options for Kids

Fall and winter may seem like such fun months for children. They love getting outdoors to play in the snow with sleds and snowmen and everything else that goes with it. It isn’t so much fun when they get colds or the flu.

Colds and flu are very common in the colder months, and chances are your child will come down with one or both before warmer weather starts setting in. As a parent, you may be wondering what treatment options are available to you when your child is sick with the flu.

Flu symptoms in children are much like those in adults. There is usually the sudden onset of a fever and chills, followed by a general all-over achiness, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough, and extreme tiredness. Your child doesn’t look right and you want to do all you can to make them as comfortable as possible.

Here are some treatment options for kids when they have the flu:

  • Ensure they get lots of rest. Initially, they may feel too sick to do anything else anyway, but keep them in bed, where they can best fight off the infection.
  • For sore throats, have them gargle with warm salt water. It’s an old remedy, but a very effective one. Don’t drink the water, have them spit it out.
  • Give your kids lots of fluids to drink. Again, they may not want much of anything; when they do make sure it’s 100% juice, herbal tea, children’s juice or clear soups.
  • If they are throwing up, there are home remedies for vomiting. If they’ve been going through a bout of vomiting, don’t give them any solid foods for a while. Keep them drinking, but in small amounts. Keep them lying on their stomach or side if possible.  If your child looks very listless or has a high fever, call your North Phoenix pediatrics office and let them know.
  • Only use medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give your children aspirin.
  • Soft foods are best. Puddings and clear soups will do for when they are sick.
  • Use nasal drops or saline spray to moisturize their nasal passages.

The flu will eventually weaken and your child will be up and playing before you know it. Until then, ensure they are comfortable and warm until they are feeling better once again.

Posted in Blog on October 27th, 2015

Does my Child Have The Flu or a Cold?

Colds and influenza share many of the same symptoms, so how do you figure out exactly what is ailing your child?

Usually with the flu, your child will be much sicker than they would be with just the average cold. Learn to recognize cold and flu symptoms in children, and treatments for each.

Is It a Cold?

A cold is a viral infection that affects the respiratory tract. This includes the throat, nose and sinuses. Colds can be caught from many sources.

Most of the time a cold will start with a sore throat and some nasal stuffiness as well as frequent sneezing. Symptoms such as fever and coughing will be mild. Cold remedies for kids will usually work just fine.

Symptoms of a cold include:

  • Sneezing
  • Mild fever
  • Runny/Stuffy nose
  • Mild cough
  • Sore throat

Colds usually last for 3 – 10 days. They can be particularly upsetting for babies or toddlers, who find it difficult to breathe and will fuss more than usual because they don’t know how to alleviate the stuffiness.

Is It The Flu?

Influenza is also a viral infection, caused by only a few specific viruses. It also affects the nose, sinuses and throat. It can be much more severe than a common cold.

The flu usually starts much more aggressively than the common cold. A high fever and chills are seen in the beginning. There is much more achiness and just plain ol’ feeling sick with the flu than with the common cold.

Symptoms of flu include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough, which is usually dry and hacking

The flu lasts longer than a week, usually two, and can take up to a month before one is feeling back to normal.

In young children, look for extreme fussiness, sickness, tiredness, and not eating. An older child may complain about feeling very achy and uncomfortable. They will tell you their throat hurts and that they don’t want to eat.

If you have questions about your child’s health, be sure to contact your Phoenix pediatrics office without delay. Never take the chance when it comes to your children. If they are having a bad time due to stuffiness or breathing, make sure you take care of it right away.

Posted in Blog on October 20th, 2015