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Flu Shot Facts – The Bump

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Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Levine recommends that all children 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Under 6 months of age, parents and all caregivers should have the vaccine to protect their babies who are too young to receive the vaccine.

Tips on Childhood Independence – Fox News

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New Guidelines to Treat Sinus Infections in Children – CBS

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The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections in children.

Croup: the Cough that Sounds Like a Bark – The Bump

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One of the scariest sounds is that seal like barking cough caused by croup. Croup is a virus and the cough will ultimately go away on its own, but it can be scary for both the parents and the child when this horrible cough makes it sound like they can’t breath.

Some thing you can do to ease the cough:

  • Place a humidifier in the child’s room
  • Cold air helps. If its winter, bundle the child up and go for a walk around the block or take a drive in the car.
  • If your child is really having a hard time breathing, call your pediatrician or take your child to the hospital.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if your child is having difficulty breaking or has any color changes, or a bluish tint around the mouth.

 

Alternatives to Cold Medicine – The Bump

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Children under 4 years of age should not be given cough and cold medicines. They have not been shown to be effective and can actually be harmful to young children if used inappropriately. Instead, consider doing the following:

  • Place humidifier in child’s room
  • Use saline nose drops
  • Remove mucus with bulb syringe
  • Give child extra TLC

Remember, the cough and cold symptoms will go away and your child will get better.