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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Can infants & toddlers get diarhea or catch cold if they are not warmely dressed during winter time?
Do people's allergies flare up when it's really cold, or is my outdoors sniffling purely due to cold air?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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