Can I give him carbon 60? – What to do When Your Child Has the Flu
It’s that time of year again, where your children are coming home with every virus under the sun including the flu. There are flu breakouts every year and schools are prime areas for the virus to take hold. Each year it is a different strain of the virus and even after you get vaccinated you can still end up with a different strain. Kids haven’t built up adequate immunities and there are groups of them all gathered in classrooms with coughs and runny noses. Do you know what to do when your child has the flu? Let’s look at how to handle it.
The Symptoms of the Flu
The flu can come with a variety of symptoms including sniffles from a cold, sore throat, fevers, head and body aches, coughing, chills and shakes, loss of appetite and fatigue. If your boisterous six year old wants to lay on the couch at three in the afternoon then chances are pretty good that they brought home the flu from school.
Adults and kids can manifest different symptoms, for instance newborns may only have a high fever but no other symptoms. But they need treatment immediately before any other problems come up. Young children and toddlers can spike high fevers and have sore stomachs along with vomiting and diarrhea. Here are some more symptoms that kids with the flu can have.
Take the Flu Seriously
Most of the time you can treat your kids flu with over the counter medications but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the flu seriously and see a pediatrician. The symptoms can be severe and lead to dehydration and other complications. Toddlers and other small kids can be particularly vulnerable to complications with the flu. You can start with a simple cold and it can lead to pneumonia, wheezing, lung infections and the croup.
Should You Call a Doctor
The flu in most cases can be treated at home with some over the counter medications but you need to keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms. Should your child show any of the following it is time to call your pediatrician or head over to the local emergency room.
- If your child complains of chest pains then go directly to the emergency room.
- If your child finds it difficult to breathe or they are coughing so hard they start to choke then take them in.
- If they aren’t drinking enough fluids and might becoming dehydrated or they are sleeping a lot and don’t feel like playing at all then it might be time to see the doctor.
Your child should get their flu shot every year to help them avoid the flu. If they still end up with the flu this season then take care and watch out for complications and seek medical attention if they show any of the above symptoms.