When the temperatures begin to drop during the winter, the immune systems of many people begin to weaken as well. As a result, many people get sick for a few days. With that in mind, it is important that everyone continues to practice good health habits during the season, such as washing hands properly with soap and water.
However, young children with developing immune systems are especially vulnerable to illnesses during the winter, even if they do practice good health habits. If your child begins to exhibit symptoms of any of the following common winter illnesses, be sure to see a pediatrician for treatment as soon as possible:
Symptoms of strep throat include severe sore throat, pain when swallowing, and swollen neck lymph nodes. Strep throat can be either a bacterial or a viral infection. The only way to tell the cause of strep throat is to visit a pediatrician
Flu symptoms often include fevers above 101°F, chills, aching muscles, and coughing. If your child exhibits severe flu symptoms, be sure to immediately bring him or her to a pediatrician as your child might have contracted a complication of the flu like pneumonia or bronchitis.
Cold symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, overproduction of mucus, coughing, watery eyes, and a mild fever. Standard over-the-counter cold medicines are enough to relieve cold symptoms, although it might be wise to consult a pediatrician before administering them to your child.