Why Do Children get Sick More Often in the Winter?
While the cold weather isn’t necessarily to blame for the influx in illnesses, the conditions that winter creates can hinder your child’s immune system. When the air gets chillier, everyone rushes indoors and turns up the heaters. By doing this, people unwittingly create a social gathering for viruses and bacteria to mix, mingle, and sneeze their way around the room. Certain areas, such as schools, offer cramped indoor quarters complete with recycled air that, quite literally, blows germs and bacteria around the room. To make matters worse, cold weather tends to be drier, depleting your child’s mucosa of moisture. Mucosa lines the sinuses and the back of a person’s throat. This hydrating defense mechanism needs moisture to keep the nose and throat from becoming dry, irritated, and more susceptible to bacterial and viral invaders. Unfortunately, dry mucosa often weakens your child’s immune system around the time they’re heading into community areas, such as schools, where their body must battle the germs awaiting them inside.
Winter’s chilly air gets more blame than it deserves, but the season does contribute to living conditions that weaken the immune system’s defense mechanisms, making it easier for viruses to invade and grow in your child’s sinuses and respiratory system.
What Can You Do to Help Your Kids Stay Healthy?
In the upcoming winter months, it’s important to keep your child’s immune system at optimal health. This enables the body to avoid viral and bacterial invaders, as well as encourage a speedier recovery if a virus does happen to find it’s way into your child’s system. Keep your children’s bodies full of Vitamin C, Echinacea, and other vitamins and antioxidants known to strengthen the immune system.
If your child does happen to get sick, make sure they receive medical care as soon as possible. Treating a cold at its onset helps save your child a lot of grief and sniffles. For children who are running a high fever or suffering from severe symptoms, call your pediatrician or visit an urgent care facility immediately. When your child has a high temperature or unsettling symptoms, it is important that you do not let anxiety get the best of you. Stay calm. Remaining calm and aware helps your child feel safer, and also puts you in a better state so you can best assist them.
Your child’s health needs don’t always fit into a perfect schedule. Your child’s fever doesn’t care if it’s raging after regular business hours. That’s why pediatric clinics offer after hours or urgent care programs, like our Kids and Teens Extended Hours urgent care services. Our after hours clinic offers your child access to fast medical attention when they need it the most.
To help accommodate the influx in colds and illness, our Kids and Teens Extended Hours Care is available to help families in Pasadena and San Fernando Valley receive the medical care they need after our regular business hours.
How to Know if You Need Urgent Care or Emergency Care.
Many parents don’t know if their child truly needs to be taken to the ER, or if their child’s health problem could be treated at an Urgent Care or Extended Hours Care facility. If your child is not experience a lifethreatening situation, Urgent Care or Extended Hours is likely to be your best option. Emergency room visits often have significantly longer wait times for nonmedical emergency patients, and the doctors available are exclusively trained for general emergency care. As for your pocketbook, emergency room visits are notorious for requiring higher copays and deductible costs. If your child isn’t experiencing a medical emergency, visiting an after hours care clinic, like our Kids and Teens Extended Hours Care, will save you both time and money.
Here are a few of the health concerns and nonlife threatening emergencies we treat at our Kids and Teens Extended Hours Care.
- Sprains, strains and minor fractures
- School screenings and sports physicals
- Minor cuts and burns
- Allergies, rashes and infections
- Fevers, colds, flu and coughs
- Basic eye and ear care
- On site Xray and lab services
- On site infusion services
- Vaccinations and boosters
Our Kids and Teens Extended Hours Care
Our Kids and Teens Extended Hours Care welcomes walk-ins, and works hard to ensure our wait times are under 15 minutes. To accompany our low wait times, we offer low copays, and expert care from Board Certified pediatricians who specialize in medical care catered to growing kids and teens. We make it our priority to see your child as soon as possible, so you can help them get on the road to recovery sooner.
Symptoms can mask underlying causes, which is why we strongly emphasize the importance of treating the “whole patient”. If you’re a current patient, we can quickly and easily access your medical records to help us better assist with your current health condition. Having your child’s medical history is vital to helping a doctor give an accurate diagnosis. At Kids and Teens Medical Group, we keep detailed records of your child’s medical history, giving our facility the advantage of finding underlying causes or unique risks that an emergency care doctor may miss.
If your child is a new patient without access to their current pediatrician’s medical records, we’ll ask that you fill us in on your child’s medical history after you arrive. We’ll combine your provided information with other medical information we can access by reviewing medical records available online and reports in our multi-hospital database. By creating a thorough medical history for your child, we can help them receive the right diagnosis every time they visit our pediatric facility.
At Kids & Teens After Hours Pediatric Care, our mission is to deliver comprehensive medical services and treat non-life threatening emergencies for families in Pasadena and San Fernando Valley. Our board certified doctors provide pediatric care to infants, children and adolescents. As a NCQA Certified Patient Centered Medical Home, we are proud to have NCQA Certified pediatricians working in some of the most prominent hospitals in the area. In an effort to help as many families in our area as possible, our after hours pediatric care locations accept MediCal, HMO and most PPO insurance plans.
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To reach our Northridge location, please call: (818) 2804268
To reach our Pasadena location, please call: (626) 7958811