With the arrival of flu season, many parents will be watching their children closely for symptoms of this dreaded virus. The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The virus spreads easily in settings where many people are contained in close quarters such as schools and childcare, making children especially susceptible to the flu.
Often confused with the common cold, flu symptoms are typically more severe. The following symptoms are good indicators that your child has the flu:
- Rapid onset of fever (typically above 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Excessive tiredness, lack of energy and general weakness
- Muscle aches and chills
- Dry cough
- Stuffy, runny nose
Other symptoms that accompany the flu may include sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Remember, if your child comes down with the flu, keep them home from school or childcare for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. The flu is highly contagious and can infect other children and caregivers. It can spread by direct contact, such as drinking from the same cup or through indirect contact, such as when a classmate sneezes on his hand and then touches the door handle.
Flu Prevention Tips
Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu typically occur during the fall through the spring. Knowing how to identify flu symptoms and prevent the virus will help you protect your family from getting the flu. Here are just a few tips to keep the virus away from your household.
- Teach your children proper and consistent hand washing
- Avoid sharing cups, bottles, and other utensils
- Encourage your children to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germs from spreading
- Practice the importance of coughing or sneezing into your arm or a tissue
To prevent seasonal influenza, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children receive the influenza vaccination every year starting at six months of age. Ask your pediatrician about flu vaccinations for your child.
When your child is experiencing the flu, extra rest and drinking plenty of fluids can help relieve symptoms. Typical recovery time for the flu is one or two weeks. Contact your pediatrician if your child’s fever persists, he or she develops a cough, or if he or she complains of ear pain. Flu is a serious illness that should be monitored closely.
Valcourt Pediatric Associates (VPA) is currently located in Augusta, Ga, Walterboro and Hardeville, SC. We are more than a medical practice. We are a great medical home and offer guidance to the patients and parents serviced. Community support is important for community prosperity. At VPA, we take youth development seriously and our staff offer professional and relative personal experience to support this assertion. We do our best to provide worthy support to families, within our abilities, because we understand that there are many child rearing challenges that parents and caregivers must navigate. We are a truly caring medical home. We are committed to our patients and understand that success is a team and community project.
Commitment is required to make a difference in the lives of youth and families. VPA is building relationships with several community businesses and entrepreneurs to help increase the resources and opportunities for youth development. Health is the only enduring investment in the future. Good medical health is the foundation that children can build upon. We support caregivers, parents, and youth to establish good medical health and mental health through patient education and quality professional medical care. We have two basic goals at our pediatric clinics; good health for our patients and quality parent education. These two goals are important to support healthy children both emotionally and physically. Are you participating in the activities that Valcourt Pediatrics coordinates for their patients? If you are not a patient of ours, would you or your children be able to benefit from a medical home that offers quality preventative care, quality medical care, and searches for ways to include key community resources in your child’s emotional and physical development? Call today and discover how Valcourt Pediatrics can improve your child’s quality of life.
Welcome to the Blog of Valcourt Pediatric Associates
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Augusta, GA area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health.
As always, feel free to contact Valcourt Pediatric Associates with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Valcourt Pediatric Associates
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