Deciphering Sickness

Sickness has become a constant companion of my household. It seems that with a new year comes a new wave of stomach bugs and respiratory issues. As a parent, it can be extremely difficult to make health decisions for your baby or toddler, especially since the young ones cannot vocalize what is wrong. Here are some tips that I've learned from Dr. Sears over the course of my daughter's lifetime when dealing with colds v. allergies:

  • Allergy symptoms: sneezing, clear and watery nasal secretions, watery eyes, wheezing, and season (yes, time of year matters - is it allergy season? Then it's probably allergies!)
  • Cold symptoms: may include many of the allergy symptoms, but also - fever, thick nasal mucous (too thick to really run) and child "acting sick."

These are just guidelines, and if you suspect that your child may be contagious, by all means, keep baby home from day care and seek professional help. My daughter has been sick several times, and when we called the doctor to bring her in, they would recommend the ER every time. If I knew then what I know now, I would have saved a lot of money (and would probably enjoy a much longer life from not being so stressed!)

Does your child suffer from allergies? What do you do to ease some of that discomfort? My daughter is currently showing signs of allergies from all of the pollen in the air. We are just letting it run its course through her little system, but if you know of any natural remedies for allergies, please share! Take care, my friends.

I am not a health care professional, and any advice given on this post are simply guidelines as expressed by Dr. Sears. If you or your child is exhibiting signs of sickness, please check with your family doctor for care.