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Can A Child Swim With A Fever
Not advised: The child's respiratory capacity may be compromised, making them more prone to tiring and then risk of accidental drowning. With bacterial pneumonia, there is usually a fair amount of fluid in the lungs, and thus the capacity may be compromised. It would be ok to dangle feet in the water, but i wouldn't advise actual swimming until done with medicine and cleared by doctor. ...Read more
Yes: If fever is down and child feels better and pool is not cold then swimming may be therapeutic. This is well served with common sense...Fatigued, short of breath, etc...No exertion= no swimming . Feeling good, back to normal and not an all day event at the water park, and water is warm (not a lake!) then yes. Ask your doc as that is best answer in your geographic area. ...Read more
Yes you can: The common cold (mild viral upper respiratory infection) is usually caused by the rhino or adeno virus. Common cold symptoms generally include cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, and mild fever. However, a more acute onset and severe sxs including body aches and high fever is likely due to the flu (influenza virus). More persistent or severe sxs can be sign of a bacterial infection. ...Read more
Any will do...: Any fever reducer will do. Choice will not effect asthma. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin are fine. The only time patients with asthma should avoid NSAIDs are if they have been diagnosed with aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). This is usually an adult onset diagnosis so no worries. ...Read more
10-21 days.: It takes 10 to 21 days (average 14-16 days) after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chicken pox. ...Read more
Possibly: Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious. I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, i would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission. ...Read more
Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash.Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat.(to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same as others: Children in general are prone to recurrent viral infections, regardless of their cardiac status. If otherwise healthy and not recently post-op, common causes of fever should be considered. Fevers that develop while hospitalized for cardiac conditions are far more concerning and different than those found in the general population. ...Read more
Yes: Per the red book which is published by the american academy of pediatrics, "molluscum contagiosum should not prevent a child from attending child care or school or from swimming in public pools. When possible, lesions not covered by clothing should be covered by a watertight bandage.". ...Read more
Depends: With treatment, i generally see the fever come down in the first 24-36 hrs on the penicillin family of meds and 48-72 hrs with a cephalosporin. This assumes the ear infection is the only issue. If no response within that time frame, there could be a resistant germ that requires a different drug. ...Read more
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