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Your child just woke up with a runny nose, an elevated temperature and body aches. Could this just be a passing cold or could it be the flu? It’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two. A common cold is usually mild and will go away on its own without treatment but the flu often requires medical attention to prevent serious complications. While an annual flu shot can protect your child from developing the flu it’s also important to know what to look for and when to visit their pediatrician for care.
Warning Signs of the Flu
Unfortunately the common cold and the influenza viruses have a lot of the same symptoms, which can make it difficult to determine what your child might have. We know that you don’t want to worry unnecessarily and rush them into the office if you don’t need to but it’s also good to know when their condition warrants medical attention.
One difference is that a cold will come on gradually over the course of a couple of days while the flu will often attack suddenly, with symptoms showing up practically overnight. While a fever isn’t a common symptom of a cold a fever is almost always present with the flu, as well as full body achiness or weakness.
Children are also more likely to deal with diarrhea or vomiting with the flu. While symptoms of a cold are usually localized to the head, flu symptoms are more widespread.
You Suspect Your Child has the Flu. Now What?
The first step is to call your pediatrician. While it can take up to a week for your child to feel better after the flu sometimes medical attention is required. It’s especially important that you talk to your doctor if your child has flu-like symptoms and they are under the age of 5, as young children are more likely to deal with health-related complications from the flu.
You’ve talked to your doctor and you now know whether you are supposed to bring them in right away for care or whether you should continue to monitor their condition before bringing them in. At this point the most important thing you can do is help reduce their discomfort and control their symptoms. Make sure they are staying hydrated and getting as much rest as possible.
Avoid giving your child over-the-counter medications, as many of these medications aren’t safe for young children and won’t be effective for treating flu symptoms. If your child has a mild fever ask your pediatrician what over-the-counter medications could help alleviate their fever. Keep in mind: Children should never take aspirin!
The sooner you seek medical attention for the flu the better, as many antiviral medications can prevent the virus from getting worse if it’s administered within the first 48 hours. This medication is often taken for 5 to 7 days and it can help ease symptoms and speed up recovery.
The key is making sure to get your child proper medical care as soon as flu-like symptoms appear. Call your children’s doctor right away.
Are your child’s serious issues with focus greatly impacting their home and school life?
Yes, it’s normal for children to not pay attention sometimes or to seem like they are daydreaming or to act a little hyper and unable to sit still; however, when these habits are everyday occurrences that impact their schoolwork and interpersonal relationships then you may be wondering whether it’s time to visit one of our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians for an ADHD evaluation.
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms can be broken down into three main categories:
It’s important to understand more about these symptoms, as there is a lot of misinformation out there. For example, just because your child has ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be hyperactive. Furthermore, your child may have no trouble concentrating on things they like to do but repetitive or boring tasks may leave their mind wandering.
The fact of the matter is ADHD symptoms manifest differently in every children. Some children have trouble sitting still and waiting their turn in line, while other children seem like they are daydreaming and often misplace items like homework or books. It’s also important to recognize that kids with ADHD may try to sit still and pay attention but have a lot of challenges doing so. Unfortunately, this is often seen as being defiant or disobedient, especially in the classroom.
Can my child grow out of ADHD?
In most cases, ADHD will stay with your child into adulthood, which is why it’s even more imperative that you turn to a pediatric doctor in Eden Prairie, MN, as soon as possible so we can work with you and your child to find the right medications, lifestyle modifications and therapies to help your child manage their symptoms effectively. Your child won’t outgrow their ADHD but you can help them learn to manage their symptoms.
Should I bring my child in for an evaluation?
As we mentioned earlier, a lot of these habits and behaviors are ones that we see in all children, even those without ADHD. So, how do you know when the behaviors your child is displaying warrant further medical attention?
If your child is displaying many of the classic symptoms of ADHD in all environments, from school and home to personal relationships, and these symptoms have been going on for months now then it’s time to talk to a qualified medical professional.
If you have any concerns about behaviors your child is displaying then it’s worth it to talk to a qualified pediatrician who will be able to give you answers and peace of mind. Turn to the caring medical team at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN.
There is a lot of care and work that goes into raising a newborn, and your pediatrician is here to help right from the beginning. Your pediatrician typically sees your newborn for their very first appointment within a few days of being discharged from the hospital. Your pediatrician is here for you to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have about your newborn and caring for your newborn. Some of the topics that your pediatrician may discuss in that first visit are:
Feeding- Your pediatrician will watch your baby’s feeding habits during this period and make sure that their growth is right on schedule. During the first six months of your newborn’s life, you’ll feed them formula or breastmilk. Breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently than babies who are fed formula.
Sleep- Every baby has different sleep schedules and needs. Most newborns tend to sleep sixteen to seventeen hours a day, but only sleep a few hours at a time. Sleep cycles don’t tend to normalize until your baby is about six months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy infants should sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over on their own.
Bathing- Infants do not usually require daily bathing, as long as the diaper area is thoroughly cleaned during changes, because daily bathing dry out their skin. Instead, it’s recommended to sponge bathe areas as needed.
Umbilical Cord Care- An infant’s umbilical cord should eventually dry up and fall off on its own by the time your baby is two weeks old. Until then, make sure to keep the area clean and dry by using sponge baths instead of submerging your baby in the tub. Small drops of blood are normal around the time that the umbilical cord is supposed to fall off. If you notice any active bleeding, foul-smelling yellowish discharge, or red skin around the stump, contact your pediatrician.
Your newborn should see their pediatrician at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, and regularly throughout their life. Call your pediatrician for any questions on newborn care today!
Your child's chronic cough may actually be a symptom of asthma. The lung disease affects 8 percent of people under 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma treatments offered by the pediatricians at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, can help your child breathe easier.
Does my child have asthma?
Asthma affects the small airways in the lungs, causing swelling and excess mucus production that make breathing difficult. Although your child may struggle to breathe if he or she has severe asthma, symptoms may be more subtle in milder cases. Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing: Does your child cough often even though he or she doesn't have a cold or an upper respiratory virus? Asthma may be to blame. You may notice that coughing worsens after your child is active.
- Tightness in the Chest: Kids with asthma may complain that their chests hurt or feel tight or strange.
- Shortness of Breath and Wheezing: Both shortness of breath and wheezing can occur if your son or daughter has asthma. Wheezing sounds like a whistling or rattling sound and tends to occur when your child breathes out.
- Trouble Sleeping: It's difficult to get a good night's sleep if you can't stop coughing or have trouble breathing. Lack of sleep can lead to daytime fatigue and irritability and may even affect your child's performance at school.
How is asthma treated?
Your child's Eden Prairie pediatrician will recommend treatments aimed at keeping symptoms under control. Inhaled and oral medications are generally used to treat asthma. These medications reduce inflammation, open airways and relax the muscles surrounding the airways.
Allergy testing may be suggested, as allergies can trigger asthma symptoms. If your child does have allergies, allergy medication or immunotherapy may help decrease asthma flare-ups. Your child's doctor can also provide a few tips that will help your son or daughter breathe easier at home, such as using a HEPA filter to remove airborne allergens, banning smoke and strong-smelling products in your house, replacing feather pillows with foam, or vacuuming often to get rid of dust and allergens.
Does your child have any of these asthma symptoms? Call your child's Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners at All About Children Pediatrics at (952) 943-8200 to schedule an appointment.
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.