Winter

Tis the season for…….. colds!

 

Did you know that on average, pre-school aged children have 4-8 colds per year? School aged children are expected to have around 2-4 per year, adults 1-4 per year

and elderly 1 per year.

 

So if you feel like your child is “always sick”, you are in good company and not to worry.

 

It’s always best to have your child checked out by their PCP to make sure we can identify what is going on if the symptoms are more than mild. With viral illness, the best thing you can do is stick to the old fashioned basics:

 

  1. Tea/broth/warm liquid
  2. Humidifier/warm steamy showers
  3. Throat lozenges/salt water gargling
  4. Sinus rinsing
  5. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals like fruits and vegetables
  6. Stay hydrated
  7. Get GOOD sleep!

 

In most cases, antibiotics are NOT needed and will not help a viral illness. Antibiotics are helpful/needed when you develop a secondary infection from a virus such as an ear infection, sinus infection or pneumonia. If you feel worse and have a fever many days after your initial symptoms, this may be the case and you should definitely come in to see us.

 

As always, it is best to practice good hand washing and mask wearing to help prevent catching germs and spreading germs.

 

Have a safe and healthy winter season!