Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Difference Between a Cold and the Flu

I found this helpful information on the FDA website about how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. I’m referencing this regarding one of my children who is sick with flu symptoms.

I thought perhaps this information may be of help to your family.

Note the part where this government stie says to not use antibiotics on a cold or the flu.

I also note they say not to call a doctor right away and then tell a list of when to call a doctor. I find that interesting. They also don’t say at what temperature point for the fever it is advisable to call the pediatrician for a child who is sick. I find that odd.

What to Do for Colds and Flu on the FDA site


erin said...

My kids have been sicker this winter season then ever before. We've had a rocky winter and it doesn't seem like it's slowing down anytime soon.
So, I've called and visited our pediatrician enough to be thoroughly frustrated and disgusted with the whole health system.
I've been told that a child can't have an ear infection without a fever, they're not sick if they're under two and a fever under 103, a 'stomach' bug doesn't last five days...etc...etc...
So whenever my kids were super sick and I was worried, I was being ridiculous and silly.

My daughter Rose is eight and has had three ear infections (during one episode both ear drums ruptured), two stomach flus, two bouts of strep throat and the regular fever/aches flu which lasted for ten days. All this since the first week of Dec.
I asked the Pediatrician if she should see a specialist to find out if there was anything wrong with her immune system, he said it was completely normal for a kid to be sick this much. Really? I'm the oldest of five and the mother of four and I've never seen anything like it...

Sorry, I just totally vented on your blog!

Nine (+) Texans and friends... said...

I don't find the lack of direction regarding fever odd at all.
I've seen children with fevers upwards of 104-105 who aren't really that sick and are just running a very high fever caused by a virus. I've also seen children with fairly low grade fevers of 101-102 who are very, very ill. The main difference? The child with the benign yet high fever isn't acting sick, while the child with the seemingly no big deal fever is lethargic, not eating or drinking...is sick.
I rarely take my children's temp when they are sick, really only the under 6 month set. I look at/listen to the child-those observations are what drive me to the doctor and rarely anything else. The number on that thermometer is only piece of information, not a diagnosis.

christinemm said...

Well, I worry of seizures from high fevers. And I recently learned that high fevers can cause neurological problems that wind up being learning disorders.

Another issue is that the son who is sick now runs 97.1 degree as his normal. So when he is at 103.0, that is not good.

A flaw is that some doctor's or their nurses are stuck thinking 98.6 is a person's normal when it is the AVERAGE normal temp. They get stuck on the number and may say 100.0 is not really anything to worry about as it is just 1.4 degrees up from normal, but if the norm for a person is 97.1 then they are up 2.9. Big difference.

Our pedi usually says let the fever be and let the body kill off the germs. But then letting it get 'too high' can be not good.

I have many examples of doctors or their staff messing up basic information or stating facts that are wrong. Some of my knowledge was learned in school and in my past career in the medical field, on top of life experience as a mom and my own research. It is disheartening to catch the experts who we trust to know the right info, stating wrong facts. Very frustrating.

And just last night our President announced he wants nationalized healthcare. Oh boy. We'd better all bone up on self-care as our access will surely be restricted...