Combo of COVID plus flu can bring severe illness to kids

Medical X-Press – Steven Reinberg

So far, infections with both viruses in children have been rare because last flu season was mild, but this one could see dramatic uptick in coinfections, according to a New York City-based expert. 

Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, said this flu season is shaping up to be a severe one, and COVID is also surging.

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Coinfection with flu, SARS-CoV-2 described in children

Medical X-Press – Elana Gotkine

Using data from two Respiratory Virus Hospitalizations Surveillance Network platforms, Katherine Adams, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues describe the characteristics and prevalence of laboratory-confirmed influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 coinfections among patients aged younger than 18 years who had been hospitalized or died with influenza.

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The flu is back: Here’s how to get through it

Medical X-Press – Carrie MacMillan

“It’s important to remember that flu is a disease that kills thousands of people every year,” Dr. Murray says. “While the flu vaccine might not keep everyone from getting flu, it will help prevent its spread and help keep people out of the hospital. And because the health care system is stretched right now, that’s really what is needed. If more people are protected from flu and therefore stay out of the hospital, it frees up resources to better care for anyone who comes in with any problem.”

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Know the signs of strep throat in children

Medical X-Press – Deb Balzer

“Group A streptococcal disease is a group of conditions caused by a bacteria called ‘group A strep,'” says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “The one that people are probably most familiar with is strep throat. Strep throat is a relatively common infection, especially in children of school age—between ages 5 and 15. It’s very unusual in children under 3 years of age.”

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Not all pediatric cases of type 2 diabetes have obesity

Medical X-Press – Lori Solomon

Based on data from 53 articles (8,942 participants) included in the meta-analysis, the researchers found that the overall prevalence of obesity among pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes was 75.27 percent, while the prevalence of obesity at diabetes diagnosis was 77.24 percent. Male participants had higher odds of obesity than female participants (odds ratio, 2.10). Compared with other racial groups, Asian participants had the lowest prevalence of obesity (64.50 percent) and White participants had the highest prevalence of obesity (89.86 percent).

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What exactly is RSV? A doctor explains symptoms, treatments and how it spreads

Medical X-Press – Kimberly Cataudella

RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus. It’s a common virus that typically runs through the region from December to February. (This year, the season began in October and was already starting to decline by the holidays.)

Anyone can catch and get sick from RSV, but it’s particularly a problem in premature infants and older adults. Most who catch it will recover in about a week.

The infection and death rate for RSV looks similar to the flu, so it is an illness to be taken seriously, Dr. Weber said.

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What To Do If You Can’t Find Children’s Tylenol Or Motrin

Romper – Miranda Rake

With a “tripledemic” of Covid, flu, and RSV circulating in the U.S. this winter, some parents are struggling to get their hands on go-to fever reducing medications, like Children’s Tylenol or Children’s Motrin. If your child has a fever, it can be panic-inducing to run to the store and not see that familiar bottle of Tylenol on the shelf. We asked a pediatrician what parents can do to keep sick kids comfortable if they encounter a kids’ Tylenol shortage in their area.

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Winter & Kid’s Asthma: High Time for Flare-Ups

The U.S. News and World Report – Cara Murez

While asthma is a lung condition that can make it harder to breathe, some things can make symptoms worse, such as illness, cold air and smoke, according to Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

To avoid cold-weather flare-ups, make sure your child has the right clothing to wear outside, including a scarf or neck warmer they can wear over their mouth and nose. This can help warm and humidify the air they breathe.

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How using screen time to calm youngsters may influence child development

WTOP – Kristi King

Many parents use electronic devices to keep young children occupied or calm, and a new study suggests it’s a bad idea. A Northern Virginia psychiatrist has tips for what to do instead.

Findings published in JAMA Pediatrics suggest that using mobile devices for calming children 3 to 5 years old corresponds with a decrease in executive functioning and an increase in emotional reactivity.

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