Children pick up every bug out there from time spent at school, daycare, and just hanging out with their friends. Parents need to be extra diligent during the winter when all manner of colds and the flu are running rampant. This season in particular has already noted a high volume of flu and RSV cases.
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As a parent, you probably have many questions about your child’s vaccinations. Are vaccines really needed? Which shots do they need, and when? Continue reading
Asthma affects children in different ways. Some children have only occasional asthma attacks. Others have many asthma attacks that send them to the doctor often. If your child has asthma, the first thing to know is that treatment can control it. And, as a parent, you can do a lot to help your child learn to live a healthy and active life. Start by understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of asthma. Then find out what you can do to prevent your child’s asthma attacks. Here’s more information about asthma in children.
No one is immune from becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus, and although children are less vulnerable than our older populations, they still may need to get tested. Preparing your child for a COVID-19 test can help to prevent it from being a scary proposition for your little one.
This may be an upsetting time for children. They may wonder why people are staying home and why they can’t go to school. Here are some tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19.
Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or close contact with a case should be provided the following resources to help prevent disease transmission:
Patients with confirmed COVID-19
Patients with suspected COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Self-isolation guidance
Cases should inform their close contacts
Close contacts to COVID-19
For additional information, please visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov.
Vaccines are in trials, and we should be seeing them soon – perhaps even by the fourth quarter of 2020. It will possibly require more than just one dose to protect a person, so it will take months to produce, distribute and administer billions of doses of any vaccine. It will likely take another 18-24 months to get back to a semblance of normalcy – ie no masks in public.
Kids are stuck inside, can’t be with their friends, play sports, or do normal “kid things.” The quarantine is tough for everyone in the family including the adults and the kids. If you are running out of ideas to keep them occupied, here are some fun activities to do during quarantine.
Influenza, or the flu, is a seasonal and very common illness. Each year the influenza virus evolves, making it difficult to prevent long-term. Therefore, it is recommended that you and your child get a flu vaccine each year during flu season near the beginning of fall.
Even though the symptoms are similar to the common cold, they can become severe enough to lead to other illnesses and even cause death. On average 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to the flu. Last year’s flu season had roughly 46 pediatric deaths, none of which had received the influenza vaccine. So far this season, we’ve had about 13 pediatric deaths from influenza. Continue reading