Tag Archive: flu

5 Things to Remember About Fever

The flu, RSV, colds, Croup, strep throat, ear infections…they all have one thing in common…they can cause fevers. And as any parent can attest to, it’s often the fever itself that freaks us out more than anything and prompts many parents to call their child’s pediatrician or hustle them off to the emergency room. Fever…

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Help for coughs, colds, and sore throats

Well it’s officially here, we are in the midst of cold and flu season. And with that; sore throats, stuffy noses, and coughs are a plenty. The thing about most of these ailments is that they are primarily caused by viruses (versus bacteria) so antibiotics just don’t help. So while there’s simply no quick fix…

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Flu facts and keeping your family well

No doubt you’ve been hearing lots about the flu this week. And with good reason. The CDC tracks flu activity every year and this year they are reporting higher than normal flu cases across the U.S., with 47 states being hit pretty hard. It has peaked ealier than normal and this could be worrisome if…

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Too sick for school?

In the rush that is a weekday morning, it can be very difficult to decide in those scarce few moments if your child is well enough for school. Is it simply morning grogginess? A mild sniffle and sore throat? Or, is it something more? I’ve been led astray myself. I recall one particular cold winter…

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Cold and Flu Season: The ABCs of Prevention and Treatment

Fall is upon us and with the cool, crisp days and freshly stocked backpacks, we all know that flu and cold season is not far behind. It’s inevitable. Back to school means back to treating and preventing those viruses responsible for the common cold and flu. My kids know the drill: wash your hands before…

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Coughs and Congestion: Thinking outside of the medicine cabinet

Cold and flu season has descended upon us. As parents, we are always inclined to “do” something for our children when they are sick. It’s our innate instinct. We want them to feel better. However, relieving their symptoms and nursing them back to health does not always mean reaching into our medicine cabinet. In 2008,…

The ABCs of Preventing Back to School Illnesses

So I have a new gig, one I’m very excited about. You can now find me writing a weekly column for The Sacramento Bee in their family section on Tuesdays. This week was my debut column and I give you the low down on those back to school bugs and how to prevent, recognize, and…