Atlantic Coast Pediatrics specializes in pediatric medicine and offers health care services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults through college years. Atlantic Coast Pediatrics has 2 pediatric board certified physicians and 2 pediatric specialized nurse practitioners. At Atlantic Coast Pediatrics, we strive to create comfort and health by providing the finest family centered pediatric care for all of our patients in Central Brevard and the surrounding areas.
ITS FLU SEASON HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR EVERYONE
Flu (Influenza): Brief Version
The flu (influenza) is caused by a virus. The virus infects the nose, throat, and air passages to the lungs. Your child will probably have a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Your child may have more muscle pain, headache, fever, and chills than if he had a cold. Flu gets spread when people sneeze, cough, or touch something that a sick person touched. If your child is between 6 months and 18 years old, he should get a flu shot.
How can I take care of my child?
- Fever or aches.
Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 6 hours or ibuprofen (Advil) every 8 hours for discomfort or fever over 102°F (39°C).
Do not give your child aspirin.
- Cough or hoarseness.
Give cough drops to your child if he is older than 6 years old. If your child is over 1 year old, you can give him honey (1/2 to 1 teaspoon as needed). Never give honey to babies. If you do not have honey, use corn syrup.
- Sore throat.
Give hard candy to children over 6 years old. Warm chicken broth may also help children over 1 year old.
- Stuffy nose.
Put warm-water or saline nose drops into your child's nose. Then have the child blow his nose or you can use a suction bulb. This will open most blocked noses.
Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
Call your child's doctor right away if:
- Your child has trouble breathing.
- Your child starts to act very sick.
Call your child's doctor during office hours if:
- Your child has other problems such as an earache, sinus pain or pressure, or a fever lasting over 3 days.
- You have other questions or concerns.