Local Doctors: Watch Out For Secondary Infections

This time of year, it seems like everything is going around. Dr. Steve Sindelar In Bellevue is seeing patients with Influenza and RSV. He says both illnesses improve with treatment of the symptoms. But with so many viruses making the rounds, he wants parents to look out for secondary infections. Here's what to watch out for: A fever that lasts longer than expected; children whose symptoms improve, but suddenly get sick again or when - the symptoms just get worse. In those instances, call the doctor - they will likely want to see the child. Oral antibiotics would be the most common cure of treatment for these secondary infections.

Dr. Carey Ertz in Millard is seeing more kids with fevers this week. A fever is when there's a temp of 99.4 when taken orally. Most last 2-3 days. Tylenol and Motrin are recommended to reduce the fever - along with extra fluids, wearing light clothing, rest and lukewarm baths. Talk with your doctor if: Your infant less, than three months, has a temperature of 100.4 or greater; if your child has a fever for more than three days; if the fever goes away for 24 hours and returns; if the fever is over 104 - or the child has chronic medical conditions.

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.

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