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This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing Dr. Nirali Patel, a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician about childhood fevers. Few things invoke more fear in parents than having a sick child, and one of the greatest indicators of illness is a fever. What’s the first question asked if a child is unwell? Do they have a fever and if so, what is it? Why is a fever so meaningful and what does having a fever actually represent? Is a fever dangerous for a child and what can a parent do to help a febrile child feel better? When should you bring your child into the ER for a fever and when can your child remain at home? Answers to these questions and many more will be explored on our show.
We will also discuss the flu, which has been a literal killer this season as it is every year. Why is the flu so dangerous and is the vaccine worth it? When should kids be given Tamiflu and what are the risks associated with its use? There are lots of stories floating around about the flu and the flu shot, and Dr. Patel will provide evidence based medical facts so you know what to do to prepare and help your child in case of illness.
Learn more about my guest, Dr. Nirali Patel:
Nirali Patel, MD attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Karnataka in India, and completed a pediatrics residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. She did a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship also at Akron Children’ Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She holds an academic appointment as Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital.