Flu/Cold Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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Flu and cold season are in full swing, and there are just some symptoms that should never be ignored, especially when occurring in children. It is important to know what these symptoms are not only for your safety but for the safety of your loved ones or those you are caring for. 

When to Seek Medical Attention:

1. High Fever
Typically ranging between 103℉ - 104+℉. However, in infants 3 months old or younger a rectal temperature of 100.4℉ or higher should be assessed by a medical professional immediately.

2. Breathing Difficulty
Changes in color (turning blue) can is a sign of hypoxia (low oxygen) and can be associated with complications of lung function.    

3. Intractable Vomiting & Diarrhea
Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea or not being able to keep any food or liquid down. This can also lead to dehydration.

4. Severe Pain
Whether that be severe muscle pain, a severe headache, or a stiff neck.

5. Others
Drowsiness, difficulty waking, sensitivity to lights, confusion, or seizures.

Provided is an infographic to help remember these symptom. Remember to use your best judgement. If you have to question whether or not something is a normal cold/flu symptom its best to contact a healthcare provider immediately.

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Author
Dr. Pamela Santapaola Dr. Pamela Santapaola Dr. Pamela Santapaola (AKA Dr. Pam) is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Connecticut and co-owner of Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice. Dr. Pam has a passion for educating, whether it be through her writings or in her office in a one-to-one setting. She is an advocate of making small lifestyle changes that can make a big impact in the future. Her goal is to enlighten individuals about holistic medicine and empower them to make the changes necessary to live a healthier life. As her saying goes, "It’s time for you to start feeling like your best self.”

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