If fevers are the result of a person’s body fighting a disease, why is it bad for us?
From fall 2017 to spring 2018, flu severity was considered high across all age groups in the United States. As of October 27, 2018, there were 185 flu-related deaths in children reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and about 80 percent of those children had [...]
Children are at risk for heat-related illnesses when exposed to heat and humidity without proper hydration. What is a heat illness? When your child’s body produces too much heat (e.g., when running vigorously) or is unable to cool down when exposed to intensive heat (e.g., sitting in [...]
Dear Doctors: I've been reading about a new illness that's a lot like polio and is making children in parts of the country very sick. What is it, and should my family and I be worried? You're [...]
February is typically a peak month for flu activity. The flu is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus, which can lead to serious illness or even death. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend [...]
Up to 30 percent of sore throats among children between the ages of 5 and 15 are due to group A Streptococcus (strep), a contagious bacterial infection that causes fever, sudden onset of a sore throat, swollen tonsils and painful swallowing. With appropriate treatment, however, most symptoms completely resolve [...]
Part of ensuring you have a great summer vacation is staying healthy during your trips. Follow these three wellness tips to keep illness at bay during your travels.
- Update your vaccines: Ask your doctor if your vaccinations are up-to-date for the following:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP) [...]
“I don’t feel so good,” your child groans. You put a hand to your child’s forehead, and sure enough, it’s warm to the touch. Fever strikes again! A fever is not an illness itself – it is actually a sign that the body is fighting off an infection. [...]
Children under the age of 5 are more likely to be hospitalized from influenza (flu) complications than those in other age groups. Annual flu vaccines are the best way to protect your child and family from the flu. Seasonal Influenza Seasonal influenza is a contagious, but preventable, [...]
Several factors can affect a child’s normal body temperature (98.6°F), including time of day, age and activity level. While slight variations can be normal, any body temperature above 100.3° F is considered a fever. Understanding fevers As a parent, you may feel distressed when your child has [...]