2. An Upset Stomach
Another common bug to watch out for? The infamous Norovirus, aka the Winter Vomiting Bug. “Norovirus is spread through close contact with infected individuals, as well as contact with contaminated food and surfaces,” says Dr. Effron. We’re not going to lie: the symptoms of Norovirus—vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps—aren’t exactly pleasant. But the good news is that they usually clear up in a few days with no treatment. “We always monitor for dehydration in kids, however, so if there is any concern for decreased urine, pallor, lethargy or cool extremities, please seek care with your pediatrician.”
If you notice a rumble in your child’s chest when they’re breathing or coughing, it could be a symptom of any number of illnesses. Viruses or respiratory infections could trigger wheezing, but so can changes in weather, animal dander, smoke, pollen, some fragrances and even stress, Dr. Effron explains. Regardless of the cause, wheezing is a symptom to take seriously. “If your child has wheezing, frequent dry cough or labored breathing, it’s time for a medical evaluation,” she says.