Common Symptoms of Mono

child sick in bed with fever and thermometerMost people misidentify mononucleosis, more commonly known as mono, as the kissing disease. While kissing can spread mono, coughing, sneezing or any other contact with the saliva of someone who’s been infected can also spread it. While symptoms will typically go away on their own within a few weeks, it’s important that you know if your child has mono so he or she can get enough rest and fluids.

Symptoms of Mono

Because mono symptoms are so similar to that of the flu and strep throat (sore throat, fever, fatigue), the virus is often misidentified. However, additional symptoms of mono include headaches, sore muscles, swollen tonsils, skin rash and abdominal pain. Some kids with mono may have a combination of these symptoms, while others experience very mild symptoms.

Monitoring Mono with Sports

Because so many kids who get mono are involved in sports of some sort, it’s important you know how to handle the situation. Because mono is often associated with enlargement of the spleen, it’s recommended that kids who get mono stay away from sports for at least one month after the onset of symptoms. In addition to sports, kids who have mono should also avoid vigorous activity of any kind.

Preventing and Treating Mono

While there is no vaccine for mono, there are efforts your child can take to avoid getting the virus. Teach your child to wash their hands regularly, to never share utensils and to never drink after someone else. If your child does contract the virus, he or she should get plenty of rest and fluids. While ibuprofen and acetaminophen can both help relieve a fever and aching muscles, aspirin should be avoided as it can lead to liver failure or even death when given to a child with a viral illness.

If you believe your child has mono, a doctor should see him or her as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our staff is highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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5 Tips To Keep Kids Healthy During Winter

Happy familyKeeping your kids healthy during the winter months can seem like an impossible task. With germs being spread all over your child’s classroom and daycare, cold and flu season can take any kid out for weeks. By incorporating a few proactive practices, you can help your child stay healthy and strong this school year.

Immune-boosting food and drink

Certain foods and drinks will help improve your child’s immune system. Garlic, ginger, fresh green juices and vitamin C-packed foods are great to start including in your child’s lunchbox. There are a number of immune-boosting smoothies that make a great breakfast and can get your child’s immune system off to a great start in the morning as well.

Minimize sugar

Taking in too much sugar has been linked to decreased immune systems and increased inflammation. If your child is consuming too much sugar on a daily basis, they could end up with a chronically depressed immune system. Try to cut back on sugary drinks and minimize the amount of candy and desserts your child eats.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is crucial to keep our bodies healthy. The hours we are asleep allows our bodies to repair and heal. If your child has difficult falling asleep, try setting a cut-off time for electronics and diffusing a calming essential oil that will help him or her fall asleep.

Keep the calendar clear

Stress is a huge reason immune systems get compromised. When we are under stress, our immune function declines. During the school year, when schedules tend to fill up, it’s important to allow time for your child to de-compress so they don’t get too stressed.

Teach your kids

One of the best ways for your child to stay healthy is for him or her to avoid eating and drinking after others. It’s also important for your child to wash their hands regularly.

If your child gets sick this winter, it’s a good idea to get him or hers checked out by a doctor. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our staff is highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

Thanksgiving-Themed Crafts For Kids

preparations for autumn craft with kids at home.When your child is home for Thanksgiving break, he or she will likely need some activities to stay busy. Having a few craft ideas on hand is perfect for those times when your child gets bored. Let him or her know that you will proudly display these Thanksgiving-themed crafts during your Thanksgiving get together too!

Paper-Bag Turkey

Not only is this craft festive, it’s perfect to make during snack time. This simple craft can be created using printer paper, brown paper lunch bags, popcorn and a large brown paper shopping bag. Follow these directions to make the turkey, then fill the bag with popcorn and enjoy!

Balloon Cornucopia

This craft can double as a table centerpiece or homemade decoration. All you need is different colored balloons, tape, green paper and a brown paper bag. Have your child make his or her favorite fruit and vegetables and explain the benefits of each for an added educational touch.

Painted Handprint Turkey

With only four supplies, your child can create a beautiful turkey. Paint, a paintbrush, paper and markers are all you need for your child to complete this craft. This is also a fun craft to do annually so you can see how much bigger your child’s hand gets each year!

Pilgrim Paper Hat

This craft can be both fun and educational. With white poster board, construction paper, scissors, tape and glue, your child can get into the spirit of the holiday and pretend he or she is a pilgrim.

Caramel Apples

Give your child something to do and a tasty treat to enjoy with these easy caramel apples. By adding fun ingredients like sprinkles, chocolate chips, candy corn and nuts, your child can get creative with their apple. Be sure to let the apples chill overnight or they will be too hard to eat.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.