Posts Tagged "COVID-19"

15Oct2021

As the seasons change from summer to autumn, many children begin to get the first sniffles of the year. While you might have easily been able to write this off in the past, the continued prevalence of COVID-19 has made even what might have once been an inconsequential cough seem overly threatening. As such, it’s incredibly important to know how to deal with something like the common cold in times of more heightened scrutiny.

Understanding the Symptoms

The first and perhaps most important thing you’ll need to know how to do is to separate out symptoms of the common cold from COVID symptoms. While some of the symptoms, like a cough or even a mild fever, might be present in both, there are other symptoms that are relatively unique to COVID. For example, any loss of a child’s sense of smell or taste is usually a good sign that a test is needed, as are stomach problems like diarrhea. Respiratory issues are also an issue, as you’ll want to seek care if your child is having trouble breathing even if they aren’t positive for COVID-19.

It’s also generally a better idea to be safe than to be sorry. If you think that your child’s cold is more than just a cold, keep them home even if they don’t seem to have serious symptoms. If the symptoms persist or get worse, call your pediatrician to get guidance. In many cases, your pediatrician will suggest that you get your child tested.

One of the toughest things to deal with is the fact that the common cold is just as likely to occur as it ever was. Unfortunately, this means that you’re going to have to deal with many false alarms during this cold and flu season, but that’s just the nature of the world today. As long as you’re careful and consult with your doctor as necessary, you can help to safeguard your child’s health.

24Sep2021

COVID-19 continues to be an ongoing issue across the world, with vaccination becoming a hot topic among many groups. As a parent, you do owe it to your child to have a frank discussion about what the vaccine may mean for him or her, and you’ll need to be able to answer any questions that your child may have. Fortunately, doing so is really a matter of being able to find the correct information.

Providing Your Child with Valuable Information

The beginning of your discussion should always start with a frank discussion of what the vaccine is and is not. If you’re not sure about the definition of a vaccine, it’s absolutely fine to look it up and learn a bit more yourself. From there, you can explain to your child that the vaccine is much like those he or she already received for school – not a cure for an illness, but rather protection from contracting the illness itself. You can talk to your child about the risks that are still present even if he or she is vaccinated and, if appropriate, what you consider the risks of vaccination might be.

It’s vital that you present accurate information to your child, so use this time to work together. Ignore social media and stick to well-regarded, peer-reviewed journals or to public health websites that break down the information from those sources. This will not only help your child learn a bit more about the vaccination process but also about how to look up credible sources for health information in the future.

Don’t think that you have to do this all alone, though. You can and should involve your child’s pediatrician in this discussion. Not only will this allow you to bring a more authoritative source into the conversation, but it will also give you a chance to ask the questions to which you might not be able to find satisfying answers online.

2Feb2021

As we continue to be in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably read every article you can find about keeping your children as safe as possible these days, especially if they have returned to school full-time or part-time. However, one subject that is not addressed often is the new coronavirus vaccine and how it relates to children. Here is what you need to know.

The Development of COVID-19 Vaccines

Currently, the COVID vaccine is not available to children and can only be used on individuals over the age of 16. Therefore, if you have older teenagers in your home, you will want to stay posted on when the state of California opens up immunization dates for this age group. Until then, you will also want to stay up-to-date on immunization options for your own age group. After all, you can help protect the younger members of your household by taking the best possible care of your own health.

However, it is also important to note that vaccine trials have been opened up for some children. Pfizer currently has a completely filled vaccine trial group for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Moderna, whose vaccine has currently only been approved for individuals 18 years of age and older, is also working on filling a study group for individuals between the ages of 12 and 17. These are important steps that must be taken before trials of even younger groups can begin.

Protecting Children from COVID-19

Although your children will not be able to get the COVID vaccine yet, there are still numerous steps you can take to keep them safe during these difficult months. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children should be instructed to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or to use hand sanitizer. In addition, show them how to use a face mask and how to keep the mask securely over the nose and mouth. Showing them how to cover their coughs and sneezes is important at any point in the year, but it is even more important these days.

While these may be some of the most stressful months you can remember living through, Kid’s 1st Pediatrics can take at least one burden off your mind. Choose our clinic for cutting-edge pediatric care for the youngest members of your household today.

21Dec2020

This time of the year has always been known for bringing its own share of fevers, sniffles, and sore throats into your home. However, what may have been no cause for alarm in years past may now strike fear into your heart. Living through the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy matter, and it is even more stressful for parents who are worried not only about their own health but also about the health of the youngest members of their family. Instead of spending several sleepless nights worrying about whether your child has a common cold, influenza or COVID-19, read our helpful guide to get some of your questions answered.

The Symptoms of Influenza, Cold, and COVID-19

  • The symptoms of a common cold are usually far milder than those of either influenza or COVID-19. Your child may have a runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, or even headaches for approximately a week. Some children may continue on with their typical daily plans without any changes, while others may slow down for a few days and prefer to get some extra rest.
  • Compared to the common cold, influenza is usually much more uncomfortable. Not only may your child feel very tired and have a sore throat, but also he may have a mild to high fever, chills, and muscle aches. Some children even have digestive complaints, such as diarrhea or vomiting. Symptoms usually come on quickly but may not last as long as those of a cold. However, influenza is at least partly preventable with a readily available vaccine.
  • COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus, has many of the same symptoms as influenza. However, it can often be differentiated by additional symptoms, such as changes in taste and smell and shortness of breath. Symptoms may also last much longer. While a vaccination has been approved for adults, there is not yet a COVID-19 vaccination approved for children.

Although we hope that this guide has pointed you in the right direction when it comes to taking the best care of your child this winter, we know that you may still have several questions. Let us do the worrying for you. We invite you to contact our office or to make an appointment to bring your child into Kids 1st Pediatrics in Apple Valley at your earliest convenience. We offer a variety of appointment times designed to fit into your busy schedule.

30Nov2020

Fevers can be scary symptoms for parents because they could signify a huge range of possible illnesses. They can be particularly concerning during this period of COVID-19 because they could point to a highly problematic sickness. By learning more about the causes of fevers and potential fever treatments, you can feel more confident in knowing when to keep your child home and when to take him to the doctor for treatment.

What Are Fevers?

Although you almost certainly know that a fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature, you may not know the specifics of when a fever is diagnosed. Normal body temperature is defined as 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. However, normal body temperature actually ranges from 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit. A fever is technically defined as any body temperature over 100.4 degrees.

Causes of Fevers

A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher can indicate an acute infection that the body is trying to fight off. Many scientists believe that the body naturally raises its internal temperature to make surroundings less hospitable for a host of germs.

However, not all fevers are related to illness. Instead, they should be seen as a symptom of a different problem. For example, your child’s temperature may be raised because he was just playing vigorously outdoors or because he is wearing too many layers of clothing. This could even be a natural reaction to a vaccination.

Treatment for Fevers

If your child develops a fever, you should consider treating it or talking to your child’s pediatrician if his temperature is over 102 degrees. However, any temperature of 100.4 or higher in infants younger than three months old should be seen as requiring urgent care.

Many fevers will come down naturally within the next day or two. If your child still seems to be eating, drinking, and playing normally, he may not need any treatment. If the fever keeps climbing higher or your child is acting abnormally or has a significant change in his skin color, you should immediately schedule an appointment with the pediatrician.

Get All Your Questions Answered at Kids 1st Pediatrics

At Kids 1st Pediatrics, we specialize in caring for ill children of all ages. If you are concerned about your child’s fever or have questions about if or how you should treat his fever at home, give our office a call today.