Fever: How high is too high?

By Melissa Erickson

For parents, especially new parents, a child’s fever can be a frightening thing. When is a fever cause for concern, and when is it just part of a natural childhood illness?

Every child will eventually run a fever, which is simply a rise in a child’s body temperature, said Dr. Rupal Gupta, a pediatrician with Nemours and medical editor for KidsHealth.org.

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How is a summer cold different than a winter cold?

By Danielle Braff

You expect a cold in the winter, but when a common cold hits you in the spring or summer months, it’s an extra level of torture.

And if you think this warm-weather cold feels a little different from the winter version, it’s not your imagination.

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Immune-boosting foods

By Danielle Braff

It’s been a long winter. And you’re still getting cold after cold. It’s time to give your immune system a boost.

Some foods that have been scientifically proven to boost your immunity:

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‘Man flu’: Can men actually feel worse than women

By Danielle Braff

“Man flu” has become a silly term to describe how men seem to have a lower tolerance than women do for being sick, but there may be some truth to it, according to a recent study published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

In that study, adult male mice had more symptoms of illness than females did when they were given the same bacteria, causing symptoms similar to the flu.

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Infants and the flu

By Danielle Braff

Anyone younger than 6 months can’t get a flu shot. Baby immune systems aren’t as good at warding off illnesses as they are when they get older, and children younger than 2 are at risk for serious complications if they get the flu.

The flu is dreadful for everyone, but it can be life-threatening for infants.

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Safe cold medications for diabetes

By Danielle Braff

You’ve got diabetes and the common cold. But don’t grab that cold medication so quickly: While small doses of medications with sugar are usually OK, you should ask your pharmacist if there are sugar-free options, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

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Treating a cold during pregnancy

By Danielle Braff

You’re pregnant but instead of glowing, your nose is running, your head is stuffy and you can’t stop coughing.

In addition to all the other changes going on in your body during pregnancy, your immune system is also adjusting, so colds are likely, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA).

And if you catch a cold, it’s likely that it’ll last longer than previous colds — also due to your pregnancy. But there’s also a little good news: It won’t hurt your baby.

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Toddlers and colds

By Danielle Braff

The only thing more miserable than toddlers are toddlers who have a cold.

And unfortunately, those terrible 2-year-olds always seem to catch colds because they can’t keep their chubby little fingers out of their adorable little mouths. So the entire winter season ends up being one cold after another.

In fact, in a child’s first two years, he has eight to 10 colds per year, according to HealthyChildren.org, a website powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This number could be even higher if the child is in day care or if he has school-age siblings.

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