Fever seizures can be frightening but they are not usually harmful to the child and do not cause long-term problems, such as brain damage, mental retardation, or learning problems.
M., I am going through the EXACT same thing with my 17 month old right now. He has had the flu for 10 days now with a fever for the majority of that time. I've been alternating Motrin and Tylenol and it brings the fever back down to normal but it's been anywhere between 102 and 103. Each day is getting better and we have to give less and less medication. I think we've kicked the fever today but like I said it's been 10 days. We took him in when it had been a week because the fever came back and was around 103 again and I was a nutcase because I thought it was something worse. They checked him for pnemonia and ear infections and everything else and he was okay. This strain of the flu is just horrible. I had it as well and I got a fever and it broke three different times. Its been two weeks for me and I'm still coughing. Our pediatrician told me that children this age get it way worse and for a lot longer than we do. Keep her hydrated. Pedialyte has worked well for us. I am sleeping with him and we have the mattress elevated and a humidifier in the room. Hang in there you're doing everything right. Use your mommy instinct, you know when something is not right. Take her in if you're too worried. Stear clear of the ER, if you can. Its full of germs that she doesn't need to catch on top of what she's already go though. It's so difficult to watch your baby suffer like this, I know. IT's been the longest week and a half of my life and I feel so helpless. Fortunately it won't last forever (although it feels like it). Good luck and hopefully our children will get well soon!
have you had your doctor check to see if she has a urinary tract infection?
I really wouldn't worry yet. A temperature of 103 is really not that high and means her body is trying to fight an infection (usually viral). The increase in body temperature makes the environment unfriendly for the infection, which is what you want. The vast majority of fevers are caused by viral infection and last no longer than 3 days. If the temperature gets to 105 then it could be bacterial. Fevers cause no harm, such as brain damage, when it is less than 107. Fortunately, the brain's thermostat keeps untreated fevers resulting from infection below 106. If she has convulsions, these are generally harmless (although very scary), but there is a need to rule out a more serious condition (especially meningitis).
You do need to see a doctor if:
a. the fever gets above 105
b. if it gets hard to wake him up
c. if her neck gets stiff (associated with meningitis)
d. she starts getting convulsions
See a doctor within 24 hrs:
a. the fever gets above 104
b. burning or pain with urination
c. if the fever "breaks" and then returns within 24 hrs
d. the fever lasts for longer than 3 days
The best thing you can do for her is to try and make her comfortable. Make sure he is getting liquids. Boil a chicken with lots of vegetables and feed him the strained broth. Don't use broth you buy at the store. It's really not a problem that he doesn't have an appetite, but he does need fluids.
DON'T GIVE HER ASPIRIN. Several studies have linked aspirin and viral illnesses with Reye syndrome.
If you have to give her anything give her acetaminophen. This should reduce the fever by 1-2 degrees in a couple of hours. Keep in mind though that the fever is helping her fight the infection, so why try to help the enemy?
Good luck and I hope he feels better soon.
Most of the info above comes from "Current Pediatric Diagnosis & Treatment" by Hay, Hayward, Levin, and Sondheimer 15th Edition.
I am sorry to hear your daughter is ill. When I worked at Spears Chiropractor Hospital many years ago we would take Rubbing Alcohol & rub under their armpits & between their thighs with it. It did bring down their fever. I was working in the Pediatric Floor at the time.
I'm NOT a Dr. I'd suggest you go to a second pediatrician if you don't like what yours has to say.
However, what our Dr. told us was that as long as it's not a constant temp for days and it does go down(night or day) that it's ok and just helping her get rid of the infection. As far as it being high at night, we had a Dr. who also told us to make sure not to overdress them. that they aren't covered in tons of covers.
I think you're totally sane to be nervous. what parent wouldn't be - and feel free to go to the Dr. more (rather than less). I had a pediatrician tell me a LONG time ago that mother's instinct is often much better than Dr's. So if you're really really worried go in and insist on even seeing another Dr.
Why does my child's eczema get worse after eating eggs?
Most children with eczema do not get worsening eczema when they eat eggs.
However, some children (particularly babies with severe eczema) do have a delayed reaction to egg where the eczema gets worse. In these cases, removing egg from the diet does improve the eczema. This is likely to be a non-IgE mediated reaction.
Over time, it is likely that your child will tolerate egg without it worsening the eczema so it is worthwhile trying egg again every six months or so.
Should I avoid egg if I am breast-feeding my baby with eczema?
It is not clear whether removing egg from your diet if you are breast-feeding will improve the eczema, but if your baby has severe eczema, you could try for 2 - 4 weeks and see if it makes a difference for her.
What foods should be avoided if my child is allergic to egg?
If your child is allergic to egg, she should avoid foods containing the following:
- albumin (albumen)
- pasta (if made with egg)
As mentioned already, some children can tolerate cooked egg but not raw egg or they can tolerate egg yolk but not egg white.
Children who have had an anaphylactic reaction to egg will require epinephrine (adrenaline) which can be given in an auto-injector (such as EpiPen or AnaPen). If your child has just had a skin reaction or swelling of the lips with egg, but has not had any problems with breathing or shock, she will not generally need Epinephrine (Adrenaline).
Generally, if the initial reaction to egg is mild then it is unlikely there will be a future serious reaction such as anaphylaxis.
Children can be allergic to the proteins in the white and the yolk (yellow) of the egg. However, allergy to the white (albumin) of the egg is more common. If you are introducing egg to your infant or toddler, generally start with the yolk (yellow).
Can my child have the MMR vaccine if she is allergic to egg?
Yes. In the past, there was some controversy over MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and egg allergy. However, it is now agreed that being allergic to egg is not a reason to miss the MMR vaccination.
Are there any vaccines that need to be avoided in egg allergic children?
Yes. The influenza vaccine may cause a reaction in children with egg allergy and so it must only be given with caution. If your child has had an anaphylactic reaction to egg, influenza vaccine would be generally avoided all together. If it is absolutely necessary to give influenza vaccine to an egg allergic child, there are guidelines on how it should be given.
Most children do grow out of egg allergy.
Most will do so by school-age and some children take a little longer. Only a small number of children will have life-long egg allergy.
Once your child has shown she can tolerate eggs, it is important that there is continued exposure to egg to ensure she remains able to eat it without problems, so it's important that there is a regular "dose" of egg.
Will avoiding egg during pregnancy reduce the risk of egg allergy in my child?
No, there is no evidence that you can prevent egg allergy in your child by avoiding egg during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it is important to have a healthy well-balanced diet.
Will delaying introduction of egg beyond 12 months of age reduce the risk of egg allergy in my child?
There is no evidence to support the delaying of allergenic foods, like egg, beyond 12 months. Some studies even suggest that delay beyond 12 months increases the chance of allergy.
Best evidence at the moment is that egg can be introduced at the usual time, so start giving egg yolk around 7 - 8 months.
Influenza A symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. Influenza virus type A is the most common type of the flu, and its symptoms are typically more severe than symptoms of type B or type C. Influenza A symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold, except that fever is rare with a cold and common with the flu. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe than cold symptoms, as well. Flu symptoms also tend to come on very quickly.
The best way to prevent influenza virus type A is to get a flu shot. Despite what some people think, you cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot because the shot is not made from live virus. Some people may have a minor reaction to the shot, though, that can cause some flu-like symptoms like muscle aches and a low fever. Such reactions are relatively rare, though. Getting a flu shot does not guarantee you won't catch the flu anyway, but it definitely lowers your risk significantly.
The next best way to prevent the flu is to wash your hands a lot with soap and water, especially when you've been around someone who is sick. But since you might not always know when you've been around someone with the flu, frequent washing all the time is your best bet.
There is a homeopathic remedy you can take to help prevent the flu. It is called Instant Immunity, and we'll tell you more about that in a moment.
Some people take extra vitamin C to help prevent or treat the flu, but there is no evidence that this actually works.
Treatment is usually aimed at relieving influenza A symptoms. There are a variety of over-the-counter medications you can take for relief. For instance, you can take Tylenol for fever and headache, antihistamines for a runny nose, decongestants for a stuffy head, and a cough suppressant if you have a cough. These medications don't cure influenza virus type A, they just help with the symptoms. They may have side effects, such as causing drowsiness or insomnia.
There are antiviral medications that are available by prescription that may help speed the process of recovery from the flu. Doctors don't always prescribe these because flu symptoms usually go away on their own in time without treatment, but if you see your doctor for the flu you might be given a prescription. There are some side effects associated with antiviral medications. For instance, Tamiflu can cause nausea and vomiting, confusion, mental status changes, and skin reactions.
Some people prefer to use natural treatments for relief from influenza A symptoms.
There are a couple of homeopathic remedies you might want to try for dealing with influenza virus type A. Both of these products contain 100% all natural ingredients:
- A new product that we have seen a lot of success with is Instant Immunity. It works to protect against the flu. It may also help speed recovery if you do get the flu, and can help prevent secondary complications from the flu. To learn more, just follow the link.
See a doctor in mid-fall if you want to get vaccinated against influenza virus type A. You normally don't need to see a doctor for influenza A symptoms, but if your symptoms last longer than a week, if they are really severe, if you have a very high fever, or if you have trouble breathing, you should see a doctor. In rare cases, the flu can be very serious, even deadly, so see a doctor if you have any concerns.
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Flu (influenza) is caused by the influenza virus. However, many other viruses can cause an illness similar to flu. It is often difficult to say exactly which virus is causing the illness, so doctors often diagnose a flu-like illness.
The study, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed that the older people are, the fewer antibodies they have and they have fewer different types.
That may help explain why people have a weaker immune response to vaccines as they get older, and why they get sicker once they are infected.
Flu kills anywhere between 4,000 and 49,000 people a year, CDC says. Every year is different. But this year is shaping up to be at the high end of that scale.
“I do think in years where you have a virus that impacts the older adults particularly hard, the number of total deaths tends to be higher. I would expect that this year we’d be on the high range of deaths,” said Duchin.
“It’s hard to tell because the flu season is not over, but we are having a moderately severe season that is an H3N2 predominant season,” Finelli said.
H3N2 is one of the different strains of flu virus circulating, and for some reason when there is lots of H3N2, more people get seriously ill and die. Ninety percent of these deaths are in people over the age of 65.
That’s not always the case. In 2009-2010, a new strain of H1N1 swine flu emerged and it was the dominant strain that year. People over 65 seemed to have extra protection against that one, perhaps because they’d been infected by an ancestor of the virus in their youths. That year, flu killed more young adults and children.
CDC doesn’t have precise numbers of deaths among adults. “The flu is so common that we don’t have deaths in adults as a reportable condition because states would be overwhelmed by counting them,” Finelli says. The CDC will calculate deaths later, after the season’s over, by comparing mortality rates overall to years past and using death certificate data.
So what can people do? “It’s not too late to get vaccinated,” Finelli advises. “There is still vaccine out there.”
Several strains of flu are circulating, and sometimes a B strain comes along after an A strain like H1N1 or H3N2 and sickens people in a new wave of illness. This year’s vaccine protects against an H1N1 strain, and H3N2 strain and one B strain of influenza.
“Now we are down the the final number of doses that have been distributed,” Finelli added. Manufacturers made about 140 million doses this year.
“We are also telling people to stay home when they are sick, so they are not spreading flu everywhere,” Finelli added. “We are also telling people that if they are elderly, to avoid other people who are sick. If your grandkids are sick, don’t volunteer to mind them.”
People over 65 should also avoid places where sick people may be. “They should also ask that all their caretakers be vaccinated for the flu,” Finelli added.
Studies have shown that if children are vaccinated against disease, it protects the rest of the population. This may be true for flu, too, says Duchin. “By vaccinating children we decrease the amount of pneumoccal pneumonia in older adults, which is a tremendous thing,” Duchin said.
“You can protect older adults in the population by vaccinating the children.”
Pour consulter l’activité hebdomadaire des principaux indicateurs:
Parmi les principaux indicateurs, on trouve les suivants:
L’indice d’activité grippale ainsi que le nombre et la proportion de résultats positifs par rapport aux tests de détection de l’influenza effectués par les laboratoires sentinelles du Québec sont publiés de façon hebdomadaire ici même, sur le site Web du MSSS. De plus, lorsque les virus de l’influenza circulent de façon soutenue, le DSV produit un graphique de l’activité virologique relatif aux saisons antérieures. Ce bilan est lui aussi mis à jour une fois par semaine, pendant la saison grippale.
Assurée en partenariat avec les directions de santé publique, la surveillance des éclosions d’influenza dans les centres d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD) est basée sur le signalement volontaire, par ces centres, des éclosions d’au moins deux cas d’infection au même type d’influenza survenus dans les dix jours, dont un a été confirmé par un test d’amplification des acides nucléiques. Cette surveillance est continue et effective toute l’année.
La surveillance de l’activité grippale à l’urgence se fait à partir des données consignées dans la Console provinciale des urgences, une base de données administrée par la Direction générale des services de santé et médecine universitaire (DGSSMU). Elle s’appuie sur deux indicateurs: les consultations pour « Fièvre et toux » ainsi que les diagnostics de « Grippe/Influenza » qui ont été posés au terme de cette consultation.
La surveillance des admissions dans les centres hospitaliers après un diagnostic de « Pneumonie/Influenza » est assurée à partir des données inscrites dans le Relevé quotidien de la situation à l’urgence et au centre hospitalier, une base de données gérée par la Direction générale des services sociaux.
Autres indicateurs et projets spéciaux de surveillance
Le DSV, de par son partenariat avec la DGSSMU et l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec, analyse les données relatives à des indicateurs secondaires qui ne font pas l’objet d’une publication régulière. Figurent parmi ces indicateurs:
- la surveillance des syndromes d’allure grippale (SAG) par les groupes de médecine de famille sentinelles;
- la surveillance, dans certains hôpitaux, des admissions attribuables à une infection grippale confirmée par laboratoire;
- la surveillance des appels pour un SAG au service Info-Santé et Info-Social;
- la veille épidémiologique et scientifique effectuée par différents partenaires.
En plus des indicateurs de l’activité grippale définis par le DSV, des données et des renseignements sont recueillis auprès de diverses sources aux fins des objectifs du système de surveillance de la grippe. Ces données et renseignements concernent notamment:
- l’identification des virus de l’influenza dans les laboratoires du Québec
Au Québec, une quarantaine de laboratoires effectuent une surveillance continue des virus de l’influenza et d’autres virus respiratoires. Ce réseau de laboratoires sentinelles est coordonné par le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ). Toutes les semaines, ce dernier reçoit les données de surveillance recueillies par les laboratoires hospitaliers membres du réseau et publie les résultats des analyses. Dans ses rapports, le LSPQ indique, notamment, le nombre d’analyses effectuées, le nombre de cas de grippe confirmés par groupe d’âge ainsi que la distribution géographique des cas.
Le bulletin Flash Grippe est une production de la Direction de la vigie sanitaire (DVS) du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
Son contenu est le reflet d’un effort concerté entre service Info-Santé, les directions de santé publique, le Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, l’Institut national de santé publique du Québec et l’ensemble des laboratoires sentinelles du Québec, que nous remercions pour leur contribution.