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Caring for Children with Respiratory Illness

Author: Kids Come First | Enfants avant tout

25 November 2022

Boy with medical thermometer in mouth.

During colder months many people catch respiratory illnesses like colds, influenza (flu), RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), and COVID-19. Here is some helpful information for families and caregivers*

  1. Family Doctor Tips on Caring for Children with Respiratory Symptoms [from the Ontario College of Family Physicians]
  2. Supply challenges affecting children’s pain and fever medications information for families [from the Canadian Pharmacists Association]
  3. How to safely use acetaminophen or ibuprofen tablets by mouth for children [from SickKids | AboutKidsHealth]
  4. What do you need to know: Fever [from CHEO]
  5. Information for Parents from Canada’s Pediatricians [from the Canadian Paediatric Society]
  6. For Information on Care Clinics visit: Kids Comes First COVID-19 Care Clinic – CHEO

*Content on this site is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other qualified healthcare professional. They are provided to offer general information regarding caring for children with respiratory symptoms. Due to unique individual needs and medical history, please consult your primary care provider, for help making decisions regarding treatment and medication.


The Kids Come First Respiratory Illness Town Hall

The Kids Come First Health Team held a Respiratory Illness Townhall December 12th from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Moderated by Alex Munter, President & Chief Executive Officer at CHEO and Co-Chair of the Kids Come First Steering Committee.

Town Hall panellists :

  1. Dr. Kelley Zwicker, Community Pediatrician
  2. Dr. Alison Eyre, Family physician from Centretown Community Health Centre
  3. Dr. Sarah Reid, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist at CHEO
  4. Elise DeFrancesco, Pediatric Pharmacist at CHEO
  5. Dr. Jason Brophy, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist at CHEO