Health Tips

What Is the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

two little girls blowing their nose inside in their pajamas

The terms cold and flu are often interchanged, but they are not the same thing. Although a lot of the symptoms between a cold and the flu are very similar, there are key differentiators between the two. To understand the severity of your child’s sickness, this is the difference between symptoms of a cold and symptoms of the flu.

The Common Cold

The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It's usually harmless, but it might not feel that wa...

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Tips for Preventing Sickness in the Fall

family of five playing outside in the leaves

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, school is back in session, and the typical runny nose is bound to make an entrance. There are many reasons why Fall is the time of year that children get sick (classroom germs, rapid change of weather, allergies, etc.,) but there are also many ways that you as a parent can try to prevent it. Here are our tips for preventing sickness in the fall:

 

Healthy Diet

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Best Sunscreen for Kids & Babies

Summer is here, and you and the family are likely to get out and catch some rays. However, you need to be sure to protect your kids and babies delicate skin from sunburn. If you’re planning on spending time outside, it’s important to always be prepared with sunscreen.

How to choose a sunscreen for your kids and babies

First, we want to remind parents that children under 6 months of age should avoid direct sunlight altogether. If they are out and about with you, be sure to dress th...

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How To Treat a Child’s Sunburn

child sunburn while swimming

From the park to the pool, children need to be protected from the sun. Even if SPF (Sun Protection Factor) has been applied, a child can still get a sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. This summer, we want to make sure parents know what steps to take if their child gets too much sun!

Here are our top tips for treating a child's sunburn:

Use cool water during showers or baths, and apply a cool compress when needed. Too cold or too hot of water will make your child's skin extremely sen...

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How Much Does Urgent Care Really Cost?

Bandage wrapped by nurse

An unexpected trip to urgent care can be just as unexpected as the total on the bill that comes at the end, but we don’t want that to be the case.

At Pediatric Urgent Care of Northern Colorado, we understand that nothing is more stressful than a sick or injured child, so we want to make sure that the costs associated with the care your child may need are discussed to relieve some of your worries.

According to Dr. Franz Ritucci, President of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicin...

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Melatonin and Children’s Sleep

Lack of sleep affects around 15-25% of children and adolescents. Your child’s lack of sleep can lead to health problems and even begin to affect her school performance. Because of this, parents are seeking out alternative methods to help their children get the sleep they need.

Good Sleeping Habits are Often the Best Medicine

Often, sleep issues in children resolve themselves and can usually be solved with good bedtime routines. The key to successful sleep routines is consistency...

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How to Develop Bedtime Routines

It’s not uncommon to struggle to get your children to bed each night. In some cases, it might really feel like pulling teeth to get your little one to bed at a time that suits you and your family. Before bedtime woes become worse, it is important to develop a bedtime routine. Here are our suggestions for developing a bedtime routine for your children.

Quiet play

An hour before bedtime, you should switch to quiet play. This will help your child enter a state of relaxation. Make ...

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Winter Health and Safety Tips

Colorado winters are unique in that we can experience winter storms and deep freezes, and turn around the next day and have weather that feels more like spring or fall. No matter the conditions, parents should be prepared to face anything this winter. Here are some winter health and safety tips that parents should keep in their back pocket.

Dress your children in layers

Some of the common health issues kids can experience in the winter ar...

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History of The Flu

The flu is the commonly used name for a virus called influenza. The influenza virus has affected the human population for thousands of years. Flu season peaks in the winter months, which means there are separate flu seasons for the northern and southern hemisphere. Typically, the flu causes symptoms two days after exposure to the virus, and the symptoms last about a week.

 

The Flu Throughout History

As many as 2,400 years ago, symptoms of influenza were described in the w...

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Holiday Travel Tips

The winter holidays are one of the biggest travel seasons of the year. However, the colder months of the year also mean more people are traveling while sick. In order to make it to your destination with a clean bill of health, consider some of these holiday travel tips. With a combination of smart planning and common sense, it will be much easier to avoid being sick during the holidays this year.

 

Planning For Holiday Travel

When packing for holiday travel this year, be s...

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