We’re leaving the peak respiratory season and entering the allergy season. Add to that the fear of COVID-19 and parents are rightfully concerned about their children’s fevers, coughs and sneezes.

“My advice to parents is do not panic,” says Dr. Kevin Dahlman, a pediatrician and chief medical officer for Aurora Children’s Health. “We see lots of kids this time of year with similar symptoms.”

Here’s what he suggests:

  • If your child has a low-grade fever, along with a cough and sniffles for a couple of days, treat it as you would any other time of the year. But if you child has another underlying condition, it is always best to call your pediatrician about symptoms.
  • If those symptoms last longer than a few days or if your child’s temperature is above 103, call your pediatrician.
  • If your child has congestion with itchy eyes and nose, with no fever, it’s probably allergies and can be treated with children’s allergy medications, as usual.
  • Whenever in doubt, call your pediatrician. He or she may recommend a virtual visit to address your concerns.

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