The holidays are a joyous time of year meant for fun with the entire family, which is why it’s important to keep your little ones healthy all season long! We tend to see an uptick in patient visits from November to February due to a number of factors related to the winter months. The most common reasons for stopping by Urgent Care for Children during this time of year include:
- Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV)
- Cold & Flu
- Ear Infections
- Stomach Bugs
Prevention is the number one way you can help lessen the likelihood of needing to visit us during the holidays, so we’ve put together a few steps you can take to help your kids fight off potential illness this season.
- Sanitize and wash hands – This may seem like the simplest step of them all, but it’s truly one of your best bets for keeping kids germ-free! Regular handwashing can fight the spread of bacteria and germs, especially as kids share new toys with friends throughout the season. You should also wipe down any surfaces prone to bacteria, such as door knobs, counterspaces and even remote controls.
- Continue using allergy medications – Many people believe that their allergy symptoms lessen during the winter months due to a shift in weather, but reducing or even stopping medication can actually cause symptoms to flare up. Keep your children on their same regimen to make sure their summertime sniffles don’t come back!
- Add a humidifier to the bedroom – Winter months tend to dry out our sinuses and increase the likelihood of a cold or cough. Adding a humidifier to your child’s bedroom provides their sinuses with an added line of defense and can both prevent and treat common congestion.
- Maintain an active lifestyle – New tech toys are always fun, but that doesn’t replace the need for exercise and physical activity! Make sure your children are still getting the proper amount of playtime to keep their immune systems strong and prevent them from straining their eyes on gaming/tv screens. You should also ensure they don’t stick to holiday sweets all season and continue to eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables!
Following these steps will help better protect your kids from getting sick this holiday season, but there’s still no 100% way to prevent all wintertime illnesses. Be sure to visit your closest Urgent Care for Children location if your child has persistent vomiting, earaches or a fever of over 100.4 degrees. You should also make sure your child is fever-free – off-of medications – for over 24 hours before being around friends and family.
We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season this year, and don’t forget to visit Urgent Care for Children for any and all urgent pediatric care needs. Save your spot online and the UCC team will get your kids feeling better in no time!