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Posted by: drmolly in fever on
Jan 17, 2010
Fever freaks out parents. In reality, fever is a good thing; it's just the body's attempt to fight off infection. Hopefully, the information below will allay some of your concerns. I encourage you to print this article and the dosing charts and put them on your fridge or bulletin board for future reference.
As you all know, flu season is upon us much earlier than usual and as such fevers are high and so are anxiety levels. When should worry
Iinfluenza has really started to hit our area hard. The following Q&A will help you understand who needs to be seen, when testing should be done and who needs Tamiflu treatment:
Q: When do I suspect my child has influenza? What are the symptoms?
A: Fever higher than 101.5 degrees along with sore throat and body aches is the first sign followed by headache, congestion and cough. The kids look very sick, down and out and are not interested in
In my office I have had a lot of families very willing and eager to have their kids get the seasonal flu vaccine but questions and concerns linger about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine (aka swine flu) and whether it is really necessary given the mild nature of this strain of influenza thus far. There is a lot of misinformation and fear-mongering about this year's vaccine and I hope to set the record straight.
Q: I've heard this swine flu
Wondering when to take your sick child to see her doctor and what kind of treatment to expect? Here are a few cases of flu-like illnesses and how they turned out.
Otherwise healthy 8-year-old came in with a one-day history of fever up to 104 degrees, mild headache, head congestion, cough, fatigue and body aches. Dad is concerned this may be the swine flu and wants him assessed. This child's exam is consistent with a flu-like illness
We all know that the H1N1 virus is ramping up. School is back in session and kids clustered together means germs spread. Parents (and teachers) are worried about this novel virus and as such the phone calls and e-mails to my office are on the rise. The challenge is that many illnesses with fever will not be H1N1 influenza - so how is a parent to know? Here are some tips:
H1N1 influenza, commonly known as the swine flu, presents most often
Recently, I had a baby in the office who had been running a fever for almost three days. He didn't have any other symptoms: no runny nose, diarrhea, rash or big change in his sleeping patterns. He was teething and his parents had originally chalked up the fever to that (even though teething causing fever is a myth), but as the days passed they thought they had better be on the safe side and brought him in. As predicted by his history, he had
In the late summer and early fall mosquitoes are abundant and so are those pesky, itchy bug bites. But sometimes the bug bites can cause severe illness, too.
Even in a dry summer like the one we have had, millions of mosquitoes emerge each evening around dusk and each morning near dawn to feast on the animals and people out and about. Mosquitoes are indiscriminate feeders and will bite anything with blood flowing. Sometimes, these bitten
Posted by: drmolly in Influenza, illness, fever on
May 11, 2009
With all of the media attention about the swine flu (now known as Influenza A H1N1), other spring illnesses have taken a back seat - but they are definitely causing widespread fevers, vomiting, rashes and sore throats. In fact, some of these spring viruses are just as severe as the virus getting all the press!
For the last two weeks, I have been inundated with kids who are coughing and vomiting and have high fevers. So far none has had
It's 8 a.m. and you are trying to get your kids' winter coats on and load them in the car to head off to school and daycare when your youngest announces that her tummy hurts. Ugghh.
In today's economy the thought of calling in because your child is sick is seeming less of an option. Besides, all the kids at school and daycare are sick. Heck, this is where she got it in the first place. Hey, it's their fault she's sick, so they can deal with
Posted by: drmolly in sore throat, rash, pain, illness, fever on
Mar 10, 2009
Spring is finally starting and with spring comes a perennial favorite: Herpangina. This illness occurs in young children (usually under age 6) and is characterized by high fever, drooling, sore throat, fussiness and after a couple of days of fever, sometimes a little polka dot rash on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet will appear. Some kids will also have diarrhea with the illness and the rash can also appear in the diaper area
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