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  1. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

    If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

  2. Colds - Topic Overview

    What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

  3. Cough Symptoms in Children - Topic Overview

    A cough that is more noticeable when your child is lying down is usually caused by mucus running down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) from an upper respiratory infection,such as a cold,sinusitis,or allergy. A child usually has a runny or stuffy nose,may be irritable,and may have a fever. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to provide relief for this type of cough. A cough ...

  4. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - Prevention

    There is no vaccine to protect against H1N1 flu (also called swine flu). But there are things you can do to keep from getting sick. Avoid close contact with others who are sick. Wash your hands often,using soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also work well. Avoid touching your eyes,nose,and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the ...

  5. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - When to Call a Doctor

    For your child Call your doctor now or seek emergency care if your child: Is having trouble breathing. Has blue or gray skin. Is not drinking enough fluids or has signs of dehydration. Is having trouble waking up or is acting confused. Is extremely irritable and cranky. Had been feeling better,but now symptoms-such as fever or cough-have come back or gotten worse. Has a fever with a rash. ...

  6. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - Treatment

    If you get sick: Talk to your doctor. You may need to get tested to be sure you have H1N1 flu. Stay home from school or work. Try to avoid being around other people. This will reduce the risk of spreading the flu to others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue,cover your mouth when you ...

  7. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - Exams and Tests

    If your doctor thinks you have H1N1 flu (also called swine flu),he or she will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms and past health. Your doctor may also take a nasal swab to test for the virus. If this test is needed,it is usually done within the first 4 or 5 days of illness. ...

  8. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - What Is H1N1 Flu?

    H1N1 flu,also called swine flu,is an infection caused by an influenza virus that infects the lungs of pigs. In some cases,the virus can also infect humans and spread from one person to another. Although there is more than one kind of swine flu,the one that concerns health workers is the H1N1 virus. When you have swine flu,you may feel tired and achy and have a sore throat,a fever,and a ...

  9. H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) - Latest Information About H1N1 Flu

    These organizations are studying and keeping track of H1N1 flu (also called swine flu),including what is being done to prevent its spread. Their Web sites have the most up-to-date information about H1N1 flu: U.S. Government. You can find information at www.pandemicflu.gov. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can find information at www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu. World Health ...

  10. When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if:Your baby is younger than 3 months and has a rectal temperature of or higher.You suspect your baby younger than 3 months has a fever, but you are unable to measure his or her temperature. You think or know your child younger than 4 years has an extremely high fever [ or higher measured rectally]. You or your child 4 years of age or older has an oral ...

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