The cold and flu can be uncomfortable for anyone, but especially for children as they may not always be able to say how they are affected the same way adults can. Fortunately, at International Pediatrics, PA, both the cold and flu can be easily diagnosed within our office with immediate results allowing us to treat your child the same day and give them the care they need.
What is a cold?
A cold is from a virus that may cause upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal and sinus congestion, and a sore throat. Though uncommon, a cold can be accompanied by a slight fever. Colds generally last anywhere from 7 to 10 days.
What is the flu?
The flu is caused by a specific influenza virus. As with a cold, the flu will also affect your child’s upper respiratory system causing similar symptoms. In addition to congestion, sore throat, runny nose and other symptoms of a cold, your child may experience fatigue, body aches, chills, and a loss of appetite. The flu is often accompanied by a high fever that can persist if left untreated. The flu can last anywhere from one to several weeks.request an appointment
Although there is no cure for the cold or flu, we can still provide treatment options to help your child find relief.
Over the counter medication can help reduce a fever and relieve aches and pains associated with being sick from the cold and flu. A humidifier can also add extra moisture into the air to alleviate nasal and sinus congestion. At home, it is important to keep your child hydrated and allow them to get as much rest as possible.
Antiviral medication may be prescribed to your child to help them recover faster. Before prescribing any medication, our doctors will discuss any potential side effects with you.
The best way to prevent the flu is to schedule yearly flu shots for your child and family. The shot will only take a few minutes of your time but will protect you for an entire year.
For more information on the cold and flu, please contact our office.