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Note from the Nurse

posted Dec 14, 2015, 11:12 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 11:12 AM by Martin Jones ]

Tips for colds and coughs:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep mucous thinned.

  • Drink warm broth or tea to sooth your throat.

  • Honey (over the age of 1) can help coughs and sore throats.

  • Keep track of your child’s symptoms on a calendar.  Note when they start a runny nose, cough, sore throat, what their temperature is, etc.  This information is helpful to share with their provider if they are seen. Also let them know of any medicines that have been given.

When to see a doctor:

  • If the cough lasts more than 2 weeks or a cough results in vomiting.

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"

  • Coughing up thick green or yellow phlegm

  • Wheezing or a rice-crispy feel or sound

  • Fever higher than 101 F or a fever that lasts over 3 days.

  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever

  • Night sweats

  • If you are ill, get better, then ill again in a short amount of time.

  • Severe sore throat with white/pus seen in the back of the throat.

  • You have other concerns you feel need evaluated.

Seek emergency care if:

  • Your child is having trouble breathing.

  • A fever with a severe headache, stiff neck, seizure, or repeated vomiting.

  • Signs or symptoms of dehydration after vomiting/diarrhea (especially if accompanied by fever):  decreased urination, dry mouth and eyes, no tears, unusually sleepy or lethargic, skin that does not return to flat when pinched.

These are tips and suggestions.  You should always consult your primary care provider with concerns you have and follow the provider’s advice.  

Reminder:  Children should be free from fever, diarrhea, and fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.  Thank you!