What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

We start in Okemos, where Dr. Fred Bean is treating upper respiratory infection.

The most common symptoms are cough, low-grade fever, chills, and nasal congestion. Those symptoms usually last about a week.

It's important to keep the lining of the nose and throat moist to prevent dehydration. To do that, drink plenty of fluids.

Be sure to avoid smoke and second-hand smoke.

You might want to put a cool mist humidifier in your room at night.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever control.

In Lansing, Dr. Hugh Brainard says croup is going around. This usually occurs in young children.

At first, a child may have cold symptoms, like stuffy or runny nose.
Then things get worse. The child may become hoarse, with a harsh barking cough. That's characteristic of croup.

To treat it, fill the bathroom with steam and sit there with your child for ten minutes, or hold your child right over a humidifier and let the vapor blow directly into your child's face.

Breathing cool night air can help sometimes, too.

It's also important to keep your child well-hydrated.

Try to keep your child calm during an attack; crying can make it harder for kids to breathe.

Seek immediate care if your child has an episode lasting longer than 30 minutes.

An attack of croup can be scary, but it is rarely serious. Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home.

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