What to Do When Your Child Gets the Flu

Dealing with the flu in children can be a challenging experience for any parent. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness that can be particularly tough on young children. But in case someone does get sick, it’s always better to be prepared. Here’s a quick guide with some of the basics you’ll want to keep in mind. 

Recognize the Symptoms

Flu symptoms in children can include high fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea.

Seek Medical Attention

If you suspect your child has the flu, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider. They can confirm the diagnosis, sometimes using a rapid flu test, and advise on the best course of treatment. 

Keep Hydrated

The flu can lead to dehydration, especially if accompanied by fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. So make sure water, soup, and other liquids are on hand. 

Manage Fever

Use over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage fever and relieve discomfort, as per your doctor’s advice. 

Monitor for Complications

Finally, keep a close eye on your child for signs of complications. If any abnormal symptoms begin to occur, seek medical attention immediately.