Cold and Flu Season
Flu - Cold and Flu Season Update
Get updates, activity reports, and the latest recommendations about this year's flu season, including updates on swine flu.
Health Tips - Winter Health Tips
During the winter months, parents and pediatricians often focus on colds and the flu when offering health tips to keep kids healthy. It is also important to keep in mind health tips to help you avoid asthma attacks, nosebleeds, dry skin, and winter health myths.
Hazards of OTC Medications and Home Remedies
An increasing number of reports about injuries and deaths from OTC medications should raise awareness that these products can be dangerous too, especially if not used properly.
Coughs and Cough Syrup
A cough is one of the more frustrating symptoms in pediatrics. Unfortunately new limits and warnings on using cough syrup for younger children has left many parents confused about what to do when their kids are coughing.
Cold vs. Flu Screening Quiz
Do you have the flu or just a simple cold? Take our cold vs. flu screening quiz to find out.
Cold Symptoms vs. Sinusitis
I have a 1 year old son and he started off with just clear runny nose and sneezing, and by the night time I noticed the mucus was green coming out of his nose. He has no other symptoms. Should I be concerned about taking him in the doctor or is there something I could give him over-the-counter?
Parents often think that they can easily recognize cold symptoms, which are typically mild, but may linger for a few weeks. Surprisingly, they often mistake common cold symptoms for allergies, sinus infections, or even the flu.
Where are my antibiotics?
My son has had a green runny nose for three days. I took him to a new Pediatrician today and for the first time, I left without a prescription for an antibiotic. Doesn't he need an antibiotic to clear up his sinus infection? How come my last doctor always gave us a prescription?
Before You Buy Children's Cold Medicines
Children's cold medicines, although they won't help your kids get better faster, they may make them feel better and help relieve common cold symptoms, such as a runny nose and cough.
Is it a Cold or Allergies?
My 9 year old has had a runny nose, sneezing and a cough for several weeks now. He doesn't have a fever and otherwise seems well. Does he just have a cold or could it be allergies?
Cold and Flu Treatments
Typically, parents are told to just treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu and make their child comfortable, because these common infections are caused by viruses and there are no treatments. While symptomatic treatments are important to help your child feel better, this is not totally true anymore. There are many medications available now to help treat the flu.
Sinus infections are often overdiagnosed in children. Learn the symptoms and how to tell the difference between sinusitis and a simple cold, so that you can prevent using antibiotics unnecessarily.
Bronchitis is a common diagnosis for kids with lingering coughs, which leads to many unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. That makes it important to learn to recognize bronchitis symptoms when your kids get them.