The best time of the year to take a child to the doctor is the fall season.
For the past 10 years, the annual American Academy of Pediatrics study has found that it is a particularly risky time to lose children, with one-third of all children admitted to the hospital in the fall due to the flu season.
“For a child in our community, losing a child during the flu pandemic is the worst time of their life,” said Dr. Michael Siegel, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
So if you have a child who is at the hospital because of the flu, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is well cared for and safe during the time he or she is there. “
When you’re a parent of a child, you don’t have a lot of time to plan.
A study of 9,500 Canadian children found that a child under the age of four who was admitted to hospital with a fever, cough or wheezing within six hours of the onset of flu-like symptoms had a 1.3-per-cent chance of dying during the pandemic. “
So if you’ve got an illness in the summer, you may want to go in the hospital a little earlier than usual.”
A study of 9,500 Canadian children found that a child under the age of four who was admitted to hospital with a fever, cough or wheezing within six hours of the onset of flu-like symptoms had a 1.3-per-cent chance of dying during the pandemic.
The study also found that among children aged 5 to 17, the risk of dying was higher in the months before the pandemics began.
But Dr. David Cairns, a senior lecturer at the University of Toronto’s department of medicine, said that this number could be even higher.
“There’s a lot more that can go wrong than a pandemic,” he said.
“It’s a difficult time to see a child with flu-associated illness.”
A report from the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that flu-related deaths are on the rise, with 1,913 deaths recorded in 2015.
Of these, 1,766 were reported in the first two months of the pandemaker, compared with 1.5 per cent of all deaths.
While flu-linked deaths are a relatively small number, Dr. Cairnes said, “the public has been warned that they are a real concern.”
In the U.K., the public was warned that children under the time of peak flu-coverage were at increased risk of death.
In November, the government imposed a new, $1,000 maximum fine for anyone caught with a child younger than two years old who was sick with the flu.
Dr Caires said that if a child is sick with flu symptoms, it is important to monitor them closely.
“If you think they are not feeling well, then there’s a good chance they are going to be ill,” he noted.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) advises that parents monitor their children’s symptoms and follow the advice of their doctor.
A parent’s advice to do this will vary depending on the child’s age, how well the child is doing, how much the child has been exposed to the virus, and what they are doing to help themselves.
“You should have a very strong sense of what the child and his or her situation is,” Dr. Jodie Pouliot, a health researcher at the PHAC, said.
If the child appears to be getting better, Dr Pouliat said, you can help them with their symptoms by helping them to sleep.
She said that while the government has set guidelines on what medical professionals should do in the event of an emergency, “parents should be mindful of the possibility that their child may be at risk and should be aware of how they can be most helpful.”
With files from the Canadian Press.