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Keep Your Child Healthy This Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common viruses spread during the fall season is influenza, also know as the flu. However,
other viruses are prominent among children during this time of year as well, including
respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and strep throat.

Since many viruses can be passed through human contact, it’s vital that parents teach their children to practice personal hygiene.

“Proper hand washing is essential to good health,” says Jeremy S. Baker, M.D., pediatrician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. “Parents also should teach their children to keep their hands away from their faces since illness often is spread
when germs from the hands come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth.”

To prevent illness, children between 6 months and 19 years of age should have a seasonal flu vaccine, according to the CDC. Also, avoid taking young children to crowded areas since their immune systems are not as adept at fighting illness.

Despite your best efforts, if your child becomes sick this fall, consult his or her pediatrician to determine the best treatment.

“Parents should speak with a pediatrician to decide whether the child should be examined,”
Dr. Baker says. “Many times, advice can be given to help parents control their child’s symptoms.”

Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks plenty of fluids. If your child is experiencing a fever, he or she should not return to school or have contact with other people until the fever subsides to prevent spreading the virus to other people.

To find a pediatrician on the medical staff at Texas Health Denton, visit TexasHealth.org/Denton or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Fall/Winter 2010)

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