Now that we are getting into the colder weather, those pesky coughs, runny noses and fevers are back. At A Kidz Clinic, we want you to stay as healthy as you can this winter, and that includes combatting the cold and flu. How do you know which you have?

Colds are usually a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms include coughing, a scratchy throat and watery eyes. There is no vaccine to prevent colds, which come on gradually and often spread through everyday contact.

The flu, or influenza, may come on suddenly and can include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, sore throat, body or muscle aches, tiredness and feeling generally miserable. Like the viruses that cause a cold, flu viruses can cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Young children also may experience nausea and vomiting.

Of course there are ways to help prevent the spread of these nasty illnesses. First, proper hand hygiene is a must. Using warm water and soap, rub together while singing the alphabet. Then rinse and dry with a paper towel. This should be repeated before and after eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing or coughing (especially if it is into your hands). Stay home if you’re not feeling well, and stay away from others who are sick. By limiting exposure, you reduce your risks of also becoming sick. Finally, the flu shot is another option to help fight against the flu.

If you think you may be sick, we here at A Kidz Clinic are here for you. Call us for all of your needs. Stay healthy this cold and flu season.

** The information for this article was taken from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.**

Makenna Hart, MS, is the clinic coordinator at A Kidz Clinic.

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