Posts for: February, 2018
Many people mistake a common cold for sinusitis, and vice versa, as the symptoms of a cold and a sinus infection can be quite similar to each other because the same viruses often cause both conditions. Additionally, since the nose and sinuses are connected, it is possible for viruses to move easily between the nasal passages and the sinuses.
Your child may feel run down, have a low-grade fever, post-nasal drip and a sore throat. So is it a common cold or a sinus infection? Typically, a cold can definitely morph into a sinus infection, but there are some classic symptoms for each illness that can help distinguish between the two.
The Common Cold
With a cold, there is a cluster of symptoms that your child might be experiencing, including:
- Nasal congestion
- A run-down feeling
- Runny nose with clear discharge
- Sore throat
- Post nasal drip
- Fever may be seen in children, but not often in adults
If your child has a cold, they may even experience a cough or a headache, and it can often last from three to seven days with or without any treatment. Your child develops a cold from a virus in which the symptoms usually build slowly over the course of a day or two, peak by days three or four, then slowly improve around the fifth or seventh day.
With a cold, treatment might include supportive care, fluids and chicken soup. Drinking plenty of water is also beneficial as it helps to hydrate your child. By hydrating your child through water consumption, you can help to flush out the infection because it liquefies the mucus. There are also medications available to help make your child more comfortable as the cold passes.
Sometimes colds can set in the sinuses and cause swelling, which then prevents the flow of mucus and turns the cold into a sinus infection. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that can be caused by a cold, an infection or allergies. Any swelling of the sinuses can produce symptoms such as:
- Pressure or pain behind the eyes or cheeks
- Pain in the top teeth
- Green or yellow nasal drainage
- Post nasal drip
Your child may also complain of being tired, having a difficult time breathing through his or her nose, decreased sense of smell and restless sleep. If your child develops a cold every month or every other month, this is because his or her sinuses are flaring up and it is probably not a cold, but chronic sinusitis.
The main difference between a common cold and sinusitis is that a cold comes around once a year and lasts for three to five days, and then is gone and your child most likely will not experience it again until next year. Acute sinusitis typically lasts less than four weeks, with chronic sinusitis lasting more than 12 weeks. So if your child’s symptoms last more than a week, odds are they are experiencing a sinus infection and should visit your pediatrician.
By visiting your child’s pediatrician, you can help your child breathe easy once again. Whether it is a common cold, or a more serious sinus infection, your child’s pediatrician is available to help relieve their symptoms.
Learn more about your child’s sports physicals and why they need it.
Is your child about to participate in school or intramural sports? Has your child’s school asked that every child get a sports physical? If this is the first time your child has ever gotten one then you may not understand why they are necessary. Let our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians shed some light on sports physicals.
What is a sports physical?
In many cases, your school may make it mandatory for your child to get a sports physical every year before they can participate in any physical activities. The purpose of a sports physical is to make sure that your little one is healthy enough for the sports they want to play to prevent potential injuries and other health risks from occurring.
Any health problems or past injuries could inhibit a child athlete’s ability to safely participate, so our Eden Prairie children’s doctors will need to conduct a thorough physical exam to make sure they are healthy enough and that any preexisting injuries or conditions won’t negatively affect their level of participation.
During your child’s visit, we will evaluate their overall health, their fitness level and any current or previous injuries to make sure that they been treated properly and that they won’t predispose them to further injury. We will also talk to you and your child about ways to keep them safe while on and off the field.
This may include making sure they are always wearing the proper equipment and gear to protect themselves from head injuries, dental injuries, broken ankles, etc. Wearing a mouthguard is one way to protect your child’s smile to prevent dislodged or broken teeth.
We can also recommend certain conditioning and training tips that could reduce their risk of sports-related injuries. For example, make sure they are warming-up properly for about 10 to 15 minutes before a game. If your child has any preexisting conditions like asthma we will also guarantee that they have the proper medications they need to reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms while on and off the field.
We also know that you may have questions for us, and your child’s physical exam is often the perfect time to sit down with us and ask all the questions you might have regarding their health, lifestyle, diet and exercise, stress management or sleep.
We know that nothing is more important than your child’s health so you want a pediatric team that will give your child the focused and attentive medical care they need as they grow. Call All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, today to schedule an appointment for your little one.
Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night. In many cases, the nighttime bedwetting incidents will gradually decrease until they have completely ceased around the age of five or six.
So, when should parents worry about their child’s bedwetting behaviors? Most pediatricians agree that it’s quite normal for children to experience occasional “accidents” and that most children will outgrow it on their own.
When to Visit Your Pediatrician
Bedwetting is rarely a serious problem. In fact, wetting up to a year after the child has successfully been toilet trained is normal. Children gain bladder control at different ages, and while most kids quit wetting at night by the age of 6, others may take a little longer. In the majority of cases, wetting does not have a medical cause.
According to the AAP, you should contact your pediatrician if your child continues to have frequent “accidents” or if you notice any of the following signs:
- Wet clothing and bed linens, even when the child uses the toilet frequently
- Unusual straining during urination, a very small or narrow stream of urine, or dribbling after urination
- Cloudy or pink urine
- Abnormal redness or rash in the genital area
- Trying to conceal wetting by hiding clothes or underwear
- Daytime wetting in addition to nighttime accidents
Parents should remember to be sensitive to their child’s wetting behavior so not to cause additional embarrassment or discomfort. Never punish the child for bedwetting. Instead, show support and encouragement by reassuring the child that it is not his or her fault and that the problem will get better.
Remember, even though childhood wetting is frustrating, it is very normal. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s bedwetting behaviors.