Allergies or Illness? Some Things to Keep in MindPosted on May 10, 2022 by Ladybug Child Care Center
We’ve finally made it past the winter. Time to get outside and enjoy the warmth! But one thing to keep in mind is that this time of the year is prime time for viruses and allergens.
If you’re the parent of a little one, especially toddlers or younger children who might not be able to accurately verbalize their feelings, it can be stressful when they start feeling unwell. Do they have a virus? Is it just allergies? Here are a few things to keep in mind…
Allergies vs Illnesses
Whether it’s the common cold or allergies, the two ailments can have a few similarities, such as:
- Runny noses
- Sore throats
But there are differences between allergies and a cold as well. For example, a cold or flu could come with fever and body aches, but those symptoms won’t generally show up when suffering from allergies. On the flipside, allergies could come with itchy skin and eyes, but those won’t normally appear with a cold or flu virus.
Viruses Could Be Stronger This Year
During the COVID pandemic, many cases of other viruses dropped dramatically. Norovirus dropped to zero at one point, but it’s now on the rise in Minnesota. Another illness that’s been talked about recently is hepatitis, which experts are advising parents to keep an eye out for in their children.
But no matter what viruses are going around, the reality with every year is that practicing good hygiene and being mindful can go a long way in evading bad germs. Here are what we practice every day at Ladybug to help ensure safety:
- Frequent handwashing
- Keeping a safe distance from people who are sick
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
The key is to remain conscious but not live in fear. If your little one is sick and you’re concerned, then take them to the doctor. You know your child better than anyone, so trust your instincts and act accordingly!
About Ladybug Child Care Center In Chaska, Shakopee & Waconia
Choosing childcare is one of the most important decisions you can make during your child’s early years. It can be a challenging process filled with difficult questions and feelings.
At Ladybug Child Care Center, we understand how hard this decision can be — but we also know how rewarding the right childcare choice can be for both parents and their children.
Everything we do at Ladybug is designed with your child in mind, from our individualized and nurturing infant program to our caring and stimulating toddler and preschool curricula. We also offer programs for our school-aged children through our AdventureCentre.
Ladybug is all about meeting the individual needs of your child. When we meet the individual needs of your little bug, we are meeting your needs as a parent.