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Happy New Year! Hope everyone had nice holidays.
Colder weather means kids confined indoors at school hours at a time, close contact, sharing lots of germs, and dry, heated 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 is showing up now. 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.
If your child is in 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.
Do you have a grumpy teenager? Read this: Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn’t Want to Talk to You
Advances in car safety, including safety belts, infant and toddler car seats, improvements in highway design, greater enforcement of DUI laws, and advanced car design have had a big impact on the rate of injuries and deaths of children. Look at this link: Then and Now