It’s never convenient or easy to cope with illness, but for families with young children it can be an especially difficult time. School days are missed and parents often have to shuffle their schedules to care for sick children. There’s also the constant worry of illness becoming more serious or being spread to vulnerable friends and relatives.
Complicating matters more is the fact that there are many misconceptions about what the flu really is.
“When people talk about having ‘the flu’ they can be talking about anything from a day of feeling under the weather to a stomach bug to a reason a family member was hospitalized. When doctors say ‘the flu’ we mean the influenza virus— the one that caused the deaths of more than 25 million people in 2 years,” says parenting expert and board-certified family physician Deborah Gilboa. “It’s no wonder people are confused about what this illness is and isn’t.”
Dr. G, as she’s known because of her popular parenting blog, Ask Doctor G, is here to clear up some common misconceptions about kids and flu. Since this year’s flu season is reported to be a serious one, these tips might just come in handy. Remember to consult your own health care provider for medical advice with any questions or concerns you may have this flu season!
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