TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - It's summertime, so you may expect to take your child to a doctor for a broken bone, or poison ivy, but there are other illnesses going around right now as well.
ProMedica Urgent Cares have seen a variety of illnesses this summer. Many of them are common in the warm months, like fifth disease and hand foot and mouth. They are all very contagious and spread like wildfire through daycare centers.
So what can you do to keep your little ones well?
"Stay healthy, eat healthy, and get good sleep," says the Medical Director for ProMedica Urgent Care, Dr. John Imm. Easier said than done, right? Especially for babies.
So how do you know when it's time to take your child to the doctor? For illnesses like hand foot and mouth, they just have to run their course, which can take five to 10 days. Dr. Imm says, "As long as you're able to keep the fevers down, and are they eating and drinking. If they're eating and drinking relatively well, you should be fine."
Dr. Imm says things like pink eye and ear infections need an antibiotic, you will need to see a doctor in those cases. So look for pink whites of the eyes and discharge and tugging of the ears.
If your child gets sick late at night or early in the morning, or they're contagious and you don't want to bring them into a doctor's office, ProMedica On Demand could be a good option for you. It's a virtual appointment with a doctor using a smartphone or computer. You can get an appointment, 24-7.
For the older kids, make sure they're washing their hands effectively for 20 seconds and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.
Dr. Imm says your healthy kids should go out and play. He says, "Keep them active and when they're out at the park, things like that, and when they get done playing at the parks, that's the time to kinda wash up and things like that."