What to Do If Your Child Gets the Flu

Many parents don’t realize that the flu is a serious illness, and can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than five are hospitalized with flu complications like pneumonia.*

Child fluIs it the flu or a cold?

Flu symptoms will usually cause your child to feel worse than cold symptoms, but it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two. Answer the questions in the chart below; if most answers fall into the first category, chances are that your child has the flu.

Keep your child comfortable

Whether or not the doctor prescribes medication, you’ll need to see that your child stays home, gets plenty of rest and — most important — plenty of fluids, like water and juice. Also try frozen fruit bars and clear soup or broth. Children’s pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) help lower fever and reduce muscle aches. Never give aspirin to a child unless your doctor has recommended it.

Talk to your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child is not alert or more comfortable when their fever goes down.
  • Fever and flu symptoms come back after they have gone away.
  • There are no tears when they’re crying.

Should your child have a flu shot?

The flu vaccine is a good idea for families. The flu shot does not cause the flu. Getting the flu is worse than having a cold and can make a person sick for a week or more. Infants younger than 6 months can’t get the vaccine, but if the parents and older kids in the household get it, that will help protect the baby. This is important because infants are more at risk for serious complications from the flu.

Flu season runs from October to May. It’s best to get a flu shot early in the season, as it gives the body a chance to build up protection against the flu. But getting a shot later in the season is still better than not getting the vaccine at all.

*Source: www.kidshealth.org

Flu vs Colds: A Guide to Symptoms

Was the onset of illness ... sudden? slow?
Does your child have a ... high fever? no (or mild) fever?
Is your child's exhaustion level ... severe? mild?
Is your child's head ... achy? headache-free?
Is your child's appetite ... decreased? normal?
Are your child's muscles ... achy? fine?
Does your child have ... chills? no chills?

Source: www.flu.gov

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