The flu is here and doctors say it's not too late to take precaution. Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue says cases of Influenza are popping up all across the metro. He reminds families that they should still get their flu shot or Flu-Mist. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. Good washing is also very important this time of year. It helps prevent the spread of Influenza and other viruses.
Dr. Amy Lacroix in Midtown is seeing colds and upper respiratory infections this week. Children are coming into the clinic with runny noses, coughing, sore throats and sometimes fevers.These symptoms can last several days up to two weeks. For colds and sore throats that last a few days, administer Tylenol or Ibuprofen. For children ages four and older, cough and cold medicines may also help. If your child has a fever with a sore throat that lasts more than a few days, it's best to make an appointment with your physician to test for Strep throat. Dr. Lacroix advises that children with asthma should always use their inhaler and continue taking albuterol treatments.
Dr. Carey Ertz in Millard has some safety suggestions for all those trick-or-treaters. Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries on Halloween, so she recommends kids stay in a group, remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalks when making the neighborhood rounds. A parent or adult should always accompany young children. If older children are going alone, plan and review an acceptable route and a return time. As for costumes: Make sure they are bright and reflective and are short enough to prevent tripping, getting tangled or coming in contact with flames and consider non-toxic make-up instead of masks. They can can limit or block eyesight. Finally, remind kids: Only go to homes with a porch light on, never enter a home or car for a treat, carry a flashlight and a cell phone for quick communication and do not to eat any treats until they're examined by an adults.