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Originally Published by AtriumHealth

Parents and caregivers spend a lot of time teaching their children to share but, unfortunately, one common thing all children manage to share without being taught is germs. Between daycare and school, fun festivals and holiday activities, the fall and winter months generally coincide with an influx of sicknesses.

Thankfully, your team at Atrium Health Levine Children’s is here to help you manage every illness from A to Z. To help your family prepare specifically for the sick season, Dr. Hebah Pranckun at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Stanly Pediatrics shares what you need to know about the most common illnesses seen during the fall and winter months, including symptoms and where to go for treatment.

Most common illnesses

“Colds, flus, and other respiratory viruses are the most common illnesses we see during the fall and winter months,” says Pranckun. “Some of these include viruses like influenza, RSV, rhinoviruses and covid. We see rises in bacterial infections such as strep throat as well.”

Pranckun explains that many of these illnesses can be difficult to determine without expert care as they have overlapping symptoms such as cough, congestion, runny nose, aches, sore throat, sneezing, headache, vomiting, diarrhea or fever.

“You may notice your child be more tired than usual, have a smaller appetite, or complain of random aches and pains,” she says. “Talking to your local pediatrician can help you identify the cause of these different symptoms and determine the best way to treat them.”

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