HealthWatch: Flu and your child

Flu season has arrived in South Dakota. And to help keep your children safe, Dr. Cara Hamilton is giving you some tips on signs to look for and what to do if you suspect your child may be coming down with something

Dr. Cara Hamilton says, " Today I'm going to point out complications of thse cold virus everyone is getting right now. First off I want to say there is defentily flu in our state. So if your child has high fever and body aches bring them in sooner than later. Especially if they are younger than a year or have ashtma, or otehr complicated lung problems. Otherwise, you can watch most cold viruses for awhile and just pay atteniton to some of these signs and symptoms. If your child is quite short of breath or having toruble breathing, a barky cough they might have croup or asthma, if your child is lethargic they might be dehydrated or hyypoxic, meaning they have low oxygen. Ifthey've had a fever for much more than 3 days they might have some otehr complicated infections like phenominia or ear infection. and they should be seen as well. Remember if you have concerns about other weird symptoms bring your child in to be seen don't wait. This is Dr. Cara Hamilton at Black Hills Pediatrics with your Healthwatch