It is tough to see your child sick with the flu. Flu symptoms can cause your child to feel terrible all over, and you do what you can to comfort them. While you hope your kids never get sick, there are steps you can take when your child has the flu to help them recover. For instance, medications and symptom management can help your child feel better. You can ask a pediatrician about which medications can help. For pediatrics in San Jose, CA, Dr. Mina Sehhat is your experienced pediatrician.
Many symptoms associated with the flu are also characteristic of colds so it can sometimes be difficult to determine if your child truly has the flu. Both illnesses are caused by viruses and share symptoms such as achy muscles, fever, fatigue, headache, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose.
The primary difference between colds and cases of flu is how quickly symptoms develop. Colds tend to develop slowly with hints of symptoms for a few days before your child is really sick. The flu, on the other hand, often occurs overnight, so to speak, with the onset of symptoms occurring very quickly. Additionally, while colds can sometimes be accompanied by a fever, the flu almost always causes one. Further, flu symptoms tend to be felt throughout the whole body while cold symptoms are primarily confined to the head.
Treatments & Remedies
When your child is stricken with the flu, there are medications that can help alleviate some flu-related symptoms. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen are helpful for reducing fevers and alleviating body aches and pains. There are also prescription medications available to prevent the flu virus from spreading throughout the body. Your San Jose pediatrics office can prescribe medication, if appropriate.
Aside from medications, two of the most important things your child needs when they have the flu are rest and fluids. Anytime we are sick, our bodies are a little weaker as the immune system is compromised. The body needs extra rest during this time to help it recover. Fluids are also important as the body can become dehydrated when the flu takes over. Be sure your child gets plenty of water, tea or other clear liquids when sick with the flu. Finally, if serious problems develop, such as a persistent fever that won’t come down, consult a doctor right away.
It is never easy to see your children struggle with sickness, such as the flu. You can help your child recover more quickly by managing their symptoms and consulting their pediatrician. If your child has the flu, contact the office of Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA, pediatrics office, to schedule an appointment by calling (408) 975-7680.
If you're expecting a baby or recently had a baby boy, you probably have a few questions about circumcision. Dr. Mina Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, shares the answers to a few commonly asked questions about the procedure.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is used to remove the foreskin, a layer of tissue that surrounds the head of the penis.
Why are circumcisions performed?
Circumcisions aren't medically necessary but are usually performed due to parental preferences or cultural reasons. Uncircumcised boys and men are more likely to develop foreskin infections. Other benefits of circumcision include reduced risks for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer of the penis and phimosis, a condition that occurs when the foreskin is unable to retract.
Is circumcision painful?
Your baby's comfort is a priority during circumcision. Although it may seem hard to believe now, people once thought that newborns didn't feel pain and didn't need anesthesia. Luckily, times have changed, and we recognize that pain control is an important part of the procedure. Before the circumcision begins, your child will be given a topical anesthetic or an injection.
What can I expect during a circumcision?
During the circumcision, your son is placed in a special seat or device that helps keep him still during the procedure. A plastic bell or clamp is placed around the foreskin to hold it in place. It only takes a few seconds for the doctor to remove the foreskin with a scalpel. After the procedure, a gauze or a plastic ring will be applied to the penis to protect it. Your baby's penis will be red for several days after the procedure but should soon return to normal.
Are you thinking about circumcision for your son? Call Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, at (408) 975-7680 to schedule an appointment.
Immunizations protect your child from a number of potentially serious diseases. Dr. Mina Sehhat, your pediatrician in San Jose, CA, answers a few questions about childhood immunizations.
Why are immunizations important?
Most parents wouldn't think of starting the car unless their children were securely strapped in car seats. After all, you never know when an accident could occur. Immunizations offer another important way to prevent your children from harm. Immunizing your child not only prevents your son or daughter from developing the painful symptoms of a disease, but also helps him or her avoid long-lasting consequences from the illness.
Immunizing your child also protects other children who are too young to receive immunizations or can't be immunized for various reasons. The more children are immunized, the less likely a disease will spread. Polio, an illness that can cause paralysis or death, was once a common childhood disease in the U.S. The introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955 lead to the virtual eradication of the disease in the U.S. Immunizations have had a similar effect on other childhood diseases.
Which immunizations should my child get?
Your San Jose pediatrician recommends that children receive several immunizations that offer protection from the most common childhood diseases, including:
MMR: The MMR vaccine protects your child from catching measles, mumps and rubell (German measles.)
DTaP: Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines are combined in the DTaP vaccine.
HBV: The HBV immunization offers protection from hepatitis B.
HiB: The HiB virus helps your child avoid Haemophilus influenza type b, which can cause pneumonia and spinal meningitis.
Polio Vaccine: Your child will become immune to the polio virus after receiving this vaccine.
Varicella: The varicella vaccine protects your child from chicken pox. Although some children still do develop the illness, symptoms are much less severe.
Pneumococcal Vaccine: The pneumococcal vaccine offers protection from pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis.
Has your child had all of his or her pediatric immunizations? Call Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, at (408) 975-7680 to schedule an appointment.
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