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Health Tip: When College Kids Should Go to the Doctor

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The closeness of college dorms and cafeterias means students are prone to getting sick or acquiring infections. Colleges typically have a medical facility on campus that students can go to if they feel sick, but a more serious illness may require a visit to the emergency room. The American Academy of Pediatrics says college students shouldn't ignore any of these symptoms that could mean a ...

What You Need to Know About Fever in Adults

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – When it comes to a fever, what's true for kids isn't necessarily so for adults. Even a slight temperature in a child warrants a call to the doctor. That's not the case, though, for most fevers in most adults. What's considered a normal temperature varies from one adult to the next. In general, though, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the standard "normal" temperature, and ...

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial infection caused by "group a" streptococcus. There is no vaccine, and the disease is typically treated with a round of antibiotics. Possible symptoms to watch for are a red rash, fever, sore throat, redness in the underarms and groin, a whiteish tongue, swollen glands and body aches. Untreated, scarlet fever can trigger rheumatic fever, ...

Is It a Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness? Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, "it's sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu," said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He's associate chair of emergency medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. ...

Health Tip: Feeling Sick After a Trip?

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin the pleasant memories of a dream vacation faster than coming home sick. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should see a doctor if you have: A fever within a month of visiting a country where there's malaria. See your doctor without delay. Diarrhea that lasts two weeks or longer. Rashes, bug bites, boils or fungal infections, especially if accompanied ...

Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Children whose moms have any type of fever during pregnancy may have slightly increased odds of developing an autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests. The large study found that one episode of fever in the second trimester might increase the risk for autism by 40 percent. Several bouts of fever after the twelfth week of pregnancy could raise the risk threefold, ...

'Dr. Google' May Undermine Parents' Trust in Their Pediatrician

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Health information gleaned online can alter parents' views on the advice they get from a pediatrician, a small study finds. These days, it's almost a guarantee that when kids develop a rash, fever or other worrisome symptom, parents will turn to Google, noted Dr. Ruth Milanaik, the lead researcher on the new study. Based on her team's findings, that web search may affect ...

When Grandparents Raise Grandkids, Are They Up to Date on Child Safety?

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – Almost 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren, but outdated health practices and myths may be putting some of those youngsters at risk, new research contends. "When grandparents step up to the plate, it can be wonderful for grandchildren but can also pose challenges in terms of lifestyle, finances and mental and physical health to a ...

Health Tip: Check Your Child's Temperature

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you think your child might have a fever, it's important to take the child's temperature correctly. The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines: From birth to 3 months of age, you'll get the most accurate reading using a digital thermometer and taking the temperature rectally. From 3 months to 4 years old, a digital thermometer used rectally or under the armpit is preferred. Wait until your ...

Body Cooling Little Help to Kids When Heart Stops: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Body cooling offers no advantage over normal temperature control in treating infants and children whose hearts suddenly stop beating, a new study suggests. The study included 329 children, aged 2 days to 18 years, who suffered cardiac arrest in a hospital. Some had their body temperature maintained within normal range, while others had their body temperature lowered ...

Parents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of School

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – American parents don't always agree when to keep their children home sick from school, a new poll reveals. The poll included almost 1,500 parents nationwide. All had at least one child aged 6 to 18. The research found that 75 percent had kept their child home sick from school at least once in the past year. The main reasons for keeping a child home were concerns their ...

Health Tip: Don't Fret About a Fever

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Parents can get pretty worried about fevers in children, but they're not usually something to worry about. The Cleveland Clinic explains these guidelines for when not to worry: A temperature is considered normal, even if it varies, up to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is considered a fever. A fever that lasts for less than five days and your child is behaving pretty normally. Your ...

Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Knowing how to properly use over-the-counter medications can help prevent serious reactions and interactions. Here's how to read labels, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: The active ingredient, or ingredients, is the first thing on the label and it is the chemical that works to manage the symptoms. Uses, or indications, explain what conditions this medication can treat. ...

Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – A quick genetic test might one day help doctors determine within hours whether a baby's fever is from a virus or a serious bacterial infection. "Doctors have great difficulty in distinguishing whether a child with a high fever has a bacterial or viral infection on clinical features alone," said Dr. Michael Levin. He is a professor of pediatrics and international child ...

Kids With Mild Asthma Can Take Acetaminophen: Study

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Acetaminophen does not worsen asthma symptoms in young children, a new study finds. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are often used to treat pain and fever. Some previous research has suggested that frequent use of acetaminophen may worsen asthma in kids with the respiratory condition. To investigate, researchers studied 300 children ...

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