Children are going to the doctor more often than ever, but that’s no excuse to not take precautions, experts said.
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In the past few years, more and more children have been seen coming to the emergency room at pediatric hospitals with respiratory infections or other health issues.
That has been causing some hospitals to expand the hours of operation to allow more pediatricians and nurses to work from home.
Dr. Eric T. Gelser, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in an email that he was “disappointed” that the increase in outpatient visits during the holiday season was not part of the same trend.
“I think it is unfortunate that the number of patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and other complications has continued to increase in recent years,” Gelsera said.
“It seems as though the increased frequency of visits to the ED has led to the escalation of the hospital-acquired pneumonia epidemic and has increased the likelihood that the patient will have to be admitted to the hospital for a COPD (combined acute respiratory distress syndrome) admission.”
In the US, the CDC recommends that parents limit their children’s time outdoors during the first three months of the year.
That’s especially important for children who might have more respiratory problems or who have a history of other respiratory problems.
“We are concerned that the increased number of visits for respiratory conditions will have a negative impact on the safety of the overall community,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement.
“We encourage parents to limit outdoor time for their children to an hour or two during the Christmas holiday season.”
The CDC also says it is encouraging parents to consider ways to keep their children safe during the Holidays.
The CDC recommends parents avoid having their children walk to school or to the grocery store or to visit any place where they are likely to get sick.
They also recommend that children stay home if they are not able to take a shower or if they have trouble swallowing.
The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that pregnant women and young children stay at home with their mothers and stay in the home for up to 30 minutes a day, until their newborns are born.
In some cases, the federal government has offered financial assistance to help families afford to cover these costs.
To help parents prepare for the holidays, the Department of Agriculture recommends that all families in rural areas make a special trip to their local grocery store to pick up pre-packaged meals, ready-to-eat meals, and baby formula.
The USDA also advises parents to use their own household bleach and sanitizer for washing hands, to use hand sanitizers in the kitchen and bathroom, and to wash their hands with soap and water after using the dishwasher or washing machine.
“Make sure your kids are wearing shoes and socks that are clean and dry and to have plenty of water available,” USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Nutrition Elinor Fenton said in the statement.
“If you have kids in a car, be sure to wear the seat belt, keep them covered and keep your hands and feet covered as well,” Fenton added.
“This is an important part of their safety.”