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3 Pediatric Care Myths To Avoid At All Costs!

October 12, 2017
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As a parent, it seems like it is your job to worry about your child constantly. This is only exacerbated when your child is sick! You want them to feel as healthy as possible, so it is no secret that it is crucial to invest in the best pediatric care you can find.

But sometimes a child may not need to visit a medical center at the first sign of an illness. While there is no such thing as being too overly cautious, remember that most new parents have rushed to the doctor over a completely harmless bump to the head. To avoid unnecessary medical costs, it is important for any parent to understand some pediatric care myths. Keep reading to make the best, informed health decisions for your child.

Myth: My child is too young for the flu vaccine
Americans get sick a lot, and every year we suffer from over 1 billion colds. With this in mind, if your child doesn’t have the right immunization, their simple cold can turn into something much more dramatic. Likewise, the flu vaccine can help prevent this completely avoidable illness. Contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine does not cause the flu, so please ask your pediatrician at what age it is appropriate to get fully vaccinated.

Myth: I need to go to the doctor at the first sign of a fever
It is normal for children to get sick, and as long as their symptoms don’t get too severe, it is okay to keep them home for some simple rest and relaxation. For example, if your child has a cough and a slight fever, they may just need fluids and a lot of sleep. But if your child’s cough turns into them having trouble breathing or a fever that spikes within a matter of hours, head to an urgent care facility right away.

Myth: I can give my child adult cold medicine if I have nothing else in the house
This is untrue and can potentially be very dangerous. Adult cough medicine has a different concentration of medication that can harm your child (some even contain alcohol!). This is why it is always important to only administer prescriptions given directly by a doctor or to buy brands specifically known to make child-friendly versions of cold medicine.

Even with these myths in mind, if something seems off with your child, do not hesitate to contact a medical professional right away. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to head to a nearby urgent care center.