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Children’s doctor advice on sneezing

If your child is sneezing and blowing his or her nose often, you should first gather as much data as you can about the apparent illness, so that when you talk to your children’s doctor you can answer as many questions as possible. This isn’t hard. It just means finding the answers to a few questions:

  • What time of year is it? In a little over a month, there are going to be a lot of allergens in the air.
  • Do you have a new pet? Or does your house have a mold or cockroach problem that it didn’t have before? Not all allergens are seasonal.
  • How are his or her friends doing? Colds and the flu are contagious, allergies aren’t.
  • Does your child have eczema? This condition is sometimes accompanied by allergies.

As a last resort, check your child’s mucus. Nasal discharge from a child with a cold or the flu tends to be thick and greenish. Nasal discharge from allergies looks more normal.

Advice from a children’s doctor on coughing

A number of things can cause coughing, including colds, the flu, asthma and whooping cough. A productive cough (a cough that produces a lot of mucus) is a sign of some sort of viral ailment, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, exhaustion or sneezing. A dry, hacking cough that lasts all winter is a possible sign of asthma.

Advice from a children’s doctor on fever and exhaustion

Fever is always a sign of illness. Depending on its severity, it may only be a sign of the flu or a minor infection.High fever accompanied by a severe headache may be a sign of something much more serious, such as meningitis. You should make an appointment with your children’s doctor to rule this out as quickly as possible.

When trying to decide if your child is suffering from fatigue, you should consider whether that child is doing more than the usual amount of schoolwork or involved in an increased number of activities. Accompanied by other symptoms, it may be a sign of the flu. By itself, it may be a sign of anemia or some other illness.

A children’s clinic in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a children’s clinic conveniently located west of Charlotte.It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a children’s doctor, call today.