Summer means sun, backyard barbecues and lots of outside time. And all of those things generally also come along with a generous dose of bugs. Unfortunately for us in Michigan, it’s shaping up to be a buggy summer – especially when it comes to ticks.
The best way to avoid the not-so-fun bugs of summer is to wear long sleeves and long pants, and to avoid dusk, which is often the buggiest time of day.
Bugs tend to like perfumes. Your 8 month old is probably not wearing perfume, of course, but it is worth thinking about the scent of shampoos and lotions you use on your children, as well.
Even if you avoid dusk and wear long sleeves, there are certainly times when you can’t avoid bugs. That’s when many of us reach for bug repellants. Continue reading →
This year’s flu season has arrived earlier than normal. Do you know the important prevention and treatment information necessary to keep your child healthy? University of Michigan pediatrician Heather Burrows, MD, PhD, is here to answer a few questions about how to keep the flu bug at bay.
What signs and symptoms of the flu should parents be aware of?
Symptoms of influenza include a high fever, cough, often times a runny nose as well as body aches and fatigue. The difference between influenza and the common cold is usually the severity of the symptoms. Kids with influenza have higher fevers and are more fussy and tired.
When a child does have the flu, is there anything that can be done to stop it from escalating?
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