What to do if your child has flu

Here are some other good ways to protect your baby or toddler from catching the flu:

  • Wash your baby’s hands regularly (and teach your toddler hand-washing basics ).
  • Steer clear of other sick kids and parents (and their tissues!) if possible to avoid illness.
  • Make sure your child is getting plenty of rest and fluids and is dressed appropriately for the weather during flu season, even when she’s not sick.

What are the symptoms of flu in children?

Your child may feel sick suddenly and, even though flu is a respiratory illness, he may feel achy all over. Other symptoms include: Fever as high as 105 F. Muscle and joint aches and pains. Chills and body shakes. Cough that gets worse.

What to do if your child gets the flu?

If your child gets the flu: Offer plenty of liquids. Encourage your child to rest in bed or on the couch with a supply of magazines, books, quiet music, and perhaps a favorite movie. Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches and pains. Dress your child in layers that are easy to add and remove during bouts of chills or fever.

What to do if your child has a high fever?

It’s important to pay attention to any signs of flu complications. Alert your pediatrician if your child has a high fever for more than 48 hours, is getting sicker, or is not better. (That’s over 101 degrees in kids who are at least 3 months old — for younger kids, call the doctor for any fever).

What can you do to protect children from the flu?

Vaccinating young children, their families, and other caregivers can also help protect them from getting sick. Extreme obesity, which has been associated with severe flu illness in some studies of adults, may also be a risk factor for children.

What other problems can the flu cause in children?

In children Fast breathing or trouble breathing Bluish lips or face Ribs pulling in with each breath Chest pain Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk) Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying) Not alert or interacting when awake Seizures Fever above 104°F In children less than 12 weeks, any fever More items…

What are early flu symptoms in kids?

They include:

  • Fatigue due to weakness
  • Low appetite
  • Dry cough
  • Irritation in the throat
  • Loss of sense of smell and taste, which returns within two to three days but in rare cases, can last for months

What are flu symptoms in a 12 month old child?

Babies and young children are at high risk of complications from the flu. Flu symptoms are more severe than cold symptoms and can include fever, chills, body shakes, dry cough, tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea . The flu can be spread by contact with infected people or contaminated surfaces.

Does influenza type affect children differently than adults?

Influenza (flu) affects children differently than adults. In general, the flu affects kids-and older adults-more severely than adults. In children, the fever associated with Influenza (flu) is likely to be higher, on average, than an adult’s fever.