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Can cold weather make babies sick?

Can cold weather make babies sick?

No: Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode. Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read more

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Can taking my baby outdoors in cold, damp, or rainy weather make him get sick?

Can taking my baby outdoors in cold, damp, or rainy weather make him get sick?

No: Being in cold or nasty weather is not the cause of illnesses. Most colds are caused by viruses and weather does not have anything to do with catching colds etc. We get sick by being exposed to someone else who is contagious and from that person we can get ill. ...Read more

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Can being cold (temperature) or being in cold air (temperature) make you sick?

Can being cold (temperature) or being in cold  air (temperature) make you sick?

Usually not...: It's possible for anyone to catch a cold, especially in the winter months, but that is not related to being in cold air or playing outside building a snowman. Colds are caused by a variety of viruses. In a few cases, cold temperature can kill a person (if one gets lost in the woods while skiing, if one falls into the cold ocean, etc...). ...Read more

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Can cold weather cause a cold or get you sick?

Can cold weather cause a cold or get you sick?

No: The cold weather itself does not make you sick. What makes you sick is that cold weather drives people inside into closer contact with each other allowing for spread of germs and infections. Extremes of temperature can lower the immune system, but for the most part, it's being around other people that makes us more likely to get sick. ...Read more

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Can you explain cold weather illnes and somethings that people forget to do to prevent cold weather illness. ?

Can you explain cold weather illnes and somethings that people forget to do to prevent cold weather illness. ?

Folk tales: Am not aware of any evidence to prove that cold weather alone predisposes to infection. The theory has been that in cold weather people crowd together indoors more and therefore transmit disease among each other. Do not know whether or not this is true. The best way to avoid cold weather illness is to move to a warm climate - or just wait for global warming to catch up to us. ...Read more

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Can infants & toddlers get diarhea or catch cold if they are not warmely dressed during winter time?

Can infants & toddlers get diarhea or catch cold if they are not warmely dressed during winter time?

No: Infants and toddlers catch cold or get diarrhea from exposure to germs. How they dress is more a reflection of the choices made by their caretakers.If dressed improperly, they are also likely to be taken into situations where they are exposed more germs. ...Read more

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Does cold drinks make you cough more?

Does cold drinks make you cough more?

If you aspirate : Usually not, unless one aspirates the liquid or one has an allergy to the drink. Any food or liquid can precipitate a cough if it accidentally contacts the vocal cords during an abnormal swallow, . ...Read more

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Do people's allergies flare up when it's really cold, or is my outdoors sniffling purely due to cold air?

Do people's allergies flare up when it's really cold, or is my outdoors sniffling purely due to cold air?

Cold air: Cold air changes vascular constriction in the nasal passages which will cause the nose to run. Allergies, like "cedar fever" occur without cold air being the precipitating cause. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold from too much cold weather?

Can you get a cold from too much cold weather?

No: Cold weather can worsen a cold, but to get a cold requires exposure to the cold organism. Colds are more common in the winter because we are together inside for warmth which increases the chance to pass the virus from one person to another. The cold prolongs an infection once acquired which gives a more lengthy time for exposure as well. ...Read more

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Why in cold weather we get easly infected my common cold virus not in warm weather ?

Why in cold weather we get easly infected my common cold virus not in warm weather ?

Fallacy: It's no more difficult to catch a cold in summer than in winter. Most experts agree that it's more a matter of our tendency to aggregate indoors when the weather turns colder. Careful hand hygiene and keeping hands away from the face are helpful as well as avoiding sick people while they have running eyes or nose. Colds come from virus which can live on surfaces so watch your exposure to people. ...Read more

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Can I get flu or common cold if not wearing enough clothes in winter weather ?

Can I get flu or common cold if not wearing enough clothes in winter weather ?

Not really: Being cold can decrease the immune system a touch, but it is not the cause usually of getting the cold of flu. You have to come in contact with it, which is not necessarily because you are "cold"/exposed to the cold. ...Read more

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How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy ?

How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy ?

Antihistamines can: cause drowsiness. If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to ...Read more

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Baby won't drink eat or sleep due to sore throat and awful cold what can we give her to make her drink atleast??

Baby won't drink eat or sleep due to sore throat and awful cold what can we give her to make her drink atleast??

Sick baby. : How old is your sick baby? If you are talking about a baby younger than about six months, I would seek medical help now. You are right to be worried about getting fluids in. Babies can get dehydrated quickly. Try a Popsicle, teaspoons of some liquid, ice chips, anything really. If you don't have success right away getting fluids in, I would seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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How to avoid common cold during cold season?

How to avoid common cold during cold season?

To avoid colds/flu: To Avoid common colds and the Flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash with warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces. Stay away from people who are ill. To avoid flu – get your flu shot each year. ...Read more

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What syrup should we drink to over come cold and cough in cold weather?

What syrup should we drink to over come cold and cough in cold weather?

Avoid cough syrups: Guaifenasin is okay for cough. I recommend elderberry syrup for kids & adults as well as zinc +vit c lozenges. ...Read more

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If I drink cold water or in cold weather it causes pharyngitis how to improve my immunity?

If I drink cold water or in cold weather it causes pharyngitis how to improve my immunity?

Never heard of it.: Never heard of cold water causing pharyngitis. However you may try drinking it slower and see if the problem still continues. As for cold weather, I can only theorize that this can happen if you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. If your nose is obstructed, reducing the nasal blockage may allow you to breathe through your nose. ...Read more

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What happen if u eat icecream and have cold drinks during cold and cough? make it even worse?

What happen if u eat icecream and have cold drinks during cold and cough? make it even worse?

Common cold: The common cold is caused by a virus. It may produce nasal congestion, runny nose, and a cough. The temperature of the food to eat has no effect on the virus. However, warm foods such as soup may provide more protein and give local symptomatic relief to your throat. ...Read more

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Why are you more prone to getting the flu/a cold when the weather is cold?

Why are you more prone to getting the flu/a cold when the weather is cold?

You aren't...: Exposure to cold weather, in and of itself, doesn't make you more prone to the flu. To be sure, more cold/flu infections do occur in the winter months, but it's thought that this is more related to opening of schools, staying indoors in close contact with others (who don't wash their hands!), and relatively lower humidity that can help some viruses out. So wash your hands and don't be afraid! ...Read more

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Blood from nose while sleeping. cold weather. Body becomes too much hot. It happens previously mañy times and usually in cold weather. Need treatment?

Blood from nose while sleeping. cold weather. Body becomes too much hot. It happens previously mañy times and usually in cold weather. Need treatment?

Moisturizer : there are many OTC preparations to help moisturize your nasal mucosa. Depends on where bleeding is coming from but a nasal spray with just normal saline is a good place to start. If bleeding persists please see your doc Also may want to turn down heat at night. Heaters dry the air out ...Read more

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Why am I craving ice cold water? Even when it's cold weather. Can't be cold enough.

Why am I craving ice cold water? Even when it's cold weather. Can't be cold enough.

Cravings: No idea. Is there any chance you are anemic and really craving the ice. Also you may want to make sure your blood sugar is normal. ...Read more