It’s the start germ-y season. This time of year usually commences with back-to-school, just when kids return to their daycare and classrooms. Sigh.
On average, kids get up to eight colds a year. For babies and toddlers, it might be many more and include some other fun diseases like Hand-Foot-and-Mouth or Fifth’s Disease.
And it’s no wonder they get sick so much. In between running around the playground, sharing water bottles, sitting at their tables and desks…well, a child with a runny nose doesn’t have time to get a tissue!
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the cold. Medicines treat the symptoms, like fever and aches and pains. Most often the best “medicine” is to ride it out…sleep, rest, fluids and repeat.
So, when should you call your doctor or nurse? Here are 5 times we want to get a call from you:
We know kids don’t get sick just during the regular business hours. Remember, 411 Pediatrics after hours care is open until 6 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on weekends.
Dr. Cacey Adams