At Argyle Pediatrics in Argyle, Texas, Carrie Jones, MD, provides comprehensive care for children with the common cold or seasonal flu. Dr. Jones and her staff can diagnose and treat symptoms like a sore throat, stuffy nose, and chronic cough to help them feel better and prevent additional medical complications. Call the office for an appointment or using the online booking feature to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones.
You can often tell the difference between the common cold and the flu based on the symptoms your child has.
In many cases, a cold develops gradually, causing symptoms like a cough, runny or stuffy nose, and a sore throat. Typically, a cold won’t affect your child’s appetite much, and they may experience a slight fever that resolves itself with over-the-counter medications.
The symptoms of the flu tend to come on suddenly and include a high fever, chills, achy muscles, and a decreased appetite.
If your child is a newborn or a young infant with a cold or flu, you should contact Dr. Jones to discuss their symptoms. She may want to examine your baby to prevent serious medical problems.
You may also want to schedule an exam if your child’s cold or flu symptoms seem to get worse, even with the use of over-the-counter medications. Other signs your child may need medical attention include:
Other symptoms, like a sore throat or ongoing fatigue, that interferes with your child’s quality of life may also require an exam.
Dr. Jones assesses your child’s symptoms to determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, she may initially recommend plenty of rest and over-the-counter cold or flu medications to alleviate discomfort and help your child sleep. You should also encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
If your child develops an ear or sinus infection from a cold or the flu, Dr. Jones can prescribe antibiotics. In children who have the flu and existing medical problems, or those who appear dehydrated, Dr. Jones may recommend a stay in the hospital to prevent other complications.
Additionally, Dr. Jones offers seasonal flu shots to prevent future episodes flu to children 6 months or older. To learn more about available treatments for colds and flu, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones online or by calling the office.