Sometimes you just know your child should stay home sick. But often it’s difficult to make the call. Get a pediatrician’s advice on common symptoms that may sideline your child.
What’s the best way to take your child’s temperature — with an oral, ear, forehead, rectal or armpit thermometer? Tap to discover the pros and cons of each device.
Fevers can be a very scary thing for parents, particularly for first-time moms and dads. Every child will eventually experience a fever, no matter how careful you are. It is important for parents to know what to do when this happens. First, some tips on measuring your child’s temperature: A variety of thermometers are available, from … Read More
Does a fever always mean your child is seriously ill? Not necessarily, says Cleveland Clinic pediatrician David Hornick, MD. “Many parents think a fever is caused directly by a virus or bacteria, but it’s actually caused by your child’s immune system fighting the germ,” he says. Germs don’t like higher temperatures. That’s why your body … Read More
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When it comes to quenching your thirst, water rules. But when it comes to knowing how much water you should drink every day, opinions are all over the map. Should you buy a 2-liter water bottle to get your 8 ounces in every day? Or is drinking when you’re thirsty enough to satisfy your fluid … Read More
One thing that bugs us about summer is, well, bugs – and the bites they leave behind. Some of them can even make us sick. Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, is an expert on infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic. She says mosquito bites can become a problem if you don’t leave them alone. “Mosquito bites can get … Read More
A fever may not send most people to the doctor’s office. But for a cancer patient, fever, along with weakness and pain, could signal an infection – and may prompt a visit to the emergency room. When a person’s immune system is compromised because of cancer and its treatments, it’s harder to rebound, even from … Read More
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will require manufacturers of drugs containing acetaminophen to include a new message on drug labels to warn consumers of the connection between acetaminophen and rare, but serious skin reactions that can sometimes be fatal. But despite the dire-sounding warning, the FDA has identified only 107 … Read More
When cold and flu season arrives, most parents expect their children to develop fever along with runny noses and ear infections. But few parents are prepared when fever causes a seizure. One in every 20 children with fever — typically between 6 months and 5 years of age — experiences a fever-related, or febrile, seizure. … Read More