Why does my Wordpress Child Theme say it has an update?

I had a child theme created by a freelancer from Elance.  However, I don't understand why an update alert is showing on my Child Theme - I thought that the parent theme would show update alert.  That same freelancer told me to just switch to parent and update parent then switch back.  Is this correct? When I update the child theme I lose my customizations so I'm sure that you are not suppose to update a child theme - just the parent.  However, why is the child theme even showing an update when I made it?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
greenterriAsked:
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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
It sounds to me that your Elancer used 3rd party code in his child theme, and that code is pointing to an update URL.
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greenterriAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to fix this issue?
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greenterriAuthor Commented:
I can close this now.  I found a solution and the answer given did totally help me Google the issue using far better search terms.

Thanks.
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greenterriAuthor Commented:
Gave me more information which in turn led to better searching when I tried to find solution.
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