6 viewer questions about children and colds

  • What to do if the child refuses to eat?

    49 sec

  • How should you think about newborn babies?

    29 sec

  • What are the symptoms of RSV?

    33 sec

  • Do antibiotics help with colds?

    14 sec

  • Can you recover faster from a cold?

    43 sec

  • Is it a good idea to do your homework before the doctor's appointment?

    27 sec

It's a little calmer on the disease front right now than it was before Christmas, says Tobias Alfvén.

"But now the children are coming back from the holidays, and the illnesses are starting to come back.

There are many different viruses that are spreading – including RSV, influenza and COVID-19. Whooping cough is also spreading.

"But we have a vaccine for that, so we've had few cases in Sweden for a long time.

Not much winter vomiting

So far, there has not been much winter vomiting disease in the community.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed that we won't have a major epidemic of winter vomiting this year," says Tobias Alfvén.

He explains that vomiting was more common a few years ago when rotavirus spread.

"We're vaccinating against that now, so we basically don't have to. That's where the vaccine has really helped.

How to protect yourself

When it comes to protecting yourself from diseases this winter, Tobias Alfvén highlights good hand hygiene as an important factor. It is also important that young children, especially infants, do not meet people who are ill.

Shaking hands with people disappeared during the pandemic. For Tobias Alfvén, it lives on – he rarely shakes hands with patients and relatives anymore.

"If someone reaches out their hand, I touch it and then wash it thoroughly.

What to think about if your child gets a respiratory infection – watch Tobias Alfvén talk in the video.