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How Do I Know if My Child Has an Upper Respiratory Infection?

Your pediatrician in Merrillville, IN, can help when your child has an upper respiratory infection

Upper respiratory infections can make your child miserable, because your child’s nasal passages, sinuses, and other structures are so much smaller than those of an adult. A small child’s immune system may not be fully developed either, which can lead to symptoms continuing for a long period of time.

Your pediatrician can help your child feel better. Dr. Mark Connery at Brickyard Pediatrics in Merrillville, IN, provides a wide range of medical services for children, including treatment for an upper respiratory infection.

An upper respiratory infection is commonly caused by a virus like a cold. So, how do you know if your child has an upper respiratory infection? These are some common signs and symptoms for you to look for:

  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • A sore throat

Your child may or may not also develop a fever with an upper respiratory infection.

It’s important for your child to avoid touching their nose or mouth and then another area of their face, because it can spread the germs causing the infection, making the infection worse. You should also make sure your child washes their hands thoroughly and often, to keep from spreading germs.

Have your child drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. Also avoid having your child come in contact with teachers, other children, or other household members if you can because it can spread the infection. In other words, keep your child out of daycare or school as long as the upper respiratory infection lasts.

You and your pediatrician can help your child get well from an upper respiratory infection. To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of an upper respiratory infection, call Dr. Mark Connery at Brickyard Pediatrics in Merrillville, IN. You can reach him in the office by calling (219) 940-9605, so call now.

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