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My child gets sick almost every two weeks, it looks like a ...

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My child gets sick almost every two weeks, it looks like a flu, cold or allergies. How do I know the differences on the symtoms to know what he has. Thank you. maria s from Katy TX
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. D. Evans replied 9 years ago.
What we call 'common cold', 'flu' etc. are in fact all part of the same spectrum of disease.

They are all different varieties of infections by different viruses. A large number of viruses cause such symptoms. It is enough to consider them all as varieties of 'viral fever'. Genreally people term milder infections as common cold and more severe infections as 'flu', although there is no firm distinction between them.

You can look up here.

The most commonly accepted recommendation for fever is:

Any temperature of more than 102 degree should be attended by the doctor, you have to go for a doctor’s consultation.
Any temperature of more than 103, however, should be attended in the ER.

To lower the fever,

Cold compresses: an ice bag or towels kept in the refrigerator and applied to the forehead and under the arms will lower the temperature straight away.
Tylenol: To calculate the dose for your child, follow this link.
Pedialyte: Give your child plenty of fluids like pedialyte.

The one thing that you must watch out for is signs of dehydration, this would include:
• dry mouth
• few or no tears when crying
• no urination for 6 to 8 hours in children
• soft spot on an infant's head that looks flatter than usual or somewhat sunken
• dry, wrinkled, or doughy skin (especially on the belly and upper arms and legs)
• appears weak or limp
• sunken eyes
You have to approach your doctor immediately if you see these signs.

See your doctor right away if your child:

  • Has a temperature of 102 F or higher
  • Seems lethargic or very irritable
  • Is in a lot of discomfort or pain
  • Has bloody diarrhea

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