Posts Tagged ‘sore throat’

AAP symptom checker

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

symptom-checkerWhen I was pregnant for the first time, I read up on all sorts of things baby-related.  I remember worrying how I would know if my baby was really sick and when to call the doctor?  What should I do if my child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? Well, you modern day mamas are getting some help.  Here’s what a new AAP news release says – pretty cool!

A new symptom checker tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will help parents decide what to do next. The tool is available on, the official AAP Web site for parents.  Parents can enter their child’s symptoms into the interactive tool and receive up-to-date advice about how to treat minor illnesses at home, or when to call the doctor immediately. The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is based on the clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the U.S. and Canada. These protocols have been tested for 15 years on more than 150 million phone calls. Each symptom care guide includes a decision chart to help determine the severity of the illness and how to manage it. The symptom checker also includes pediatric dosage tables by weight for common over-the-counter medications, images to help identify rashes, stings and bites, and first aid illustrations. The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is also available as a downloadable iPhone application called KidsDoc, providing the same expert advice when parents are on-the-go. Immediate connections are available to 911, your pediatrician or a nearby emergency department. The app can be download for a small fee or purchased from the iPhone App Store.

Now, this won’t replace taking your child to his doctor, but it could be a big help in figuring out how to start handling situations as they arise.

Update: Swine flu

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

doctorYou’ve heard the news. The number of swine flu cases in the U.S. and around the world is increasing. The federal government has declared this a “public health emergency.” What does this mean for moms and babies?

Here are a few things we know:
* A person can catch the swine flu from another person.

* All of us can take simple precautions to protect ourselves and others. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you can, avoid sick people. Wash your hands often with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a complete list of tips.

* Early treatment can reduce the severity of the illness.

* A person doesn’t get swine flu from eating or preparing pork.

Here are a few things we don’t yet know:
* How contagious is this flu? If you have a room full of people and one of them has the swine flu, how many other people will catch it?

* How serious is this illness? Right now, no one in the United States has died, and cases appear to be mild. But this could change. Because flu viruses can change over time, they can become more or less serious.

* We don’t know how long swine flu will be around. It could be a few weeks or longer. It could go away for a while and them come back.

Since most of the cases have occurred in Mexico, the CDC recommends that people not travel to that country, unless their travel is “essential.”

Here is a list of symptoms of the swine flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting. If you or any member of your family has any of these symptoms, call your health care provider.

Swine flu outbreak: What it means for you and your family

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

pigSeveral people in the United States have developed swine flu, a respiratory disease that can sometimes be serious. According to the New York Times, hundreds of cases have been reported in Mexico.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A person can get swine flu from a pig or from a human that has the infection.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into the recent outbreak. For more info, including prevention tips, read the CDC Web page on swine flu.