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We’re well into the school year and late fall weather. That means kids in confined spaces, close contact, sharing lots of germs, and breathing indoor air. We don’t want parents or kids to become germaphobes, but we would encourage kids to wash hands after using the bathroom, and before eating, to cough into the crook of the elbow, and to keep little fingers away from the nose. Separate hand and face towels at home, and not sharing food at lunchtime are good ideas. Older kids – especially in high school – often get stressed from pressure to get good grades, frequent tests, time doing extracurricular activities, social stresses, doing college applications, anxiety over their future, etc. Good time management, good diet and getting enough sleep will help prevent burnout and illnesses.
Influenza may start going around as early as this month. People use the word “flu” to mean all sorts of things. For us doctors, “flu” means influenza, a really nasty – sometimes very serious - infection. The very young and the elderly are at higher risk for serious complications from influenza. Children from 6 months age and up can be immunized. Call us for an appointment.
We recently confirmed a case of Lyme Disease in one of our patients. Remember to do tick checks after your kids have been out hiking. Here’s more info: Removing A Tick
If your child is off to college this fall, and especially if (s)he will be living in a dorm, we recommend getting the meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine. This protects against bacteria which has caused a number of meningitis outbreaks on college campuses around the country. It’s a series of 2 injections a month apart. This is a deadly serious bug that can be prevented!
Just a reminder to please try and call us before jumping in the car and going to the ER or urgent care with your child. Many such visits can be avoided if you call us for phone advice. “High” fever in toddlers (103-104) is rarely an emergency. Just treat the fever and call us for further guidance. You will probably avoid unnecessary blood tests, x-rays, and other procedures by doing this.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets dangerous? Maybe so: Read the Full Article
Look at this chart comparing child mortality form auto accidents in 1967 to 2014: Then and Now
Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving!