- The most common flu symptoms in children are fever (though not every time), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.
- Other symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea also occur more often in children than in adults.
- There is no cure for the flu, but physicians suggest vaccination, fluids, rest, steam, and pain and/or fever reducer, and a lot of TLC.
- If you have a child that is sick with a high fever, call your doctor to be seen as soon as possible.
The average length of a cold is usually 7 to 10 days, although at some times it may take 2 weeks or more for all the nasal congestion to resolve. The sickly flu, on the other hand, usually comes on suddenly and makes you feel as if you’ve been hit by a truck. The fever always lasts for 5 to 7 days. All symptoms normally come on at once; there is nothing gradual about coming down with the flu.”
Children who are usually at a higher risk may benefit a lot from flu testing and antiviral treatment early in the course of their illness.”
And for the other kids without these conditions, there are some red flags that signal you should take your kids to the doctor and/or hospital right away: trouble during breathing, bluish skin colour, dehydration, extreme fatigue, irritability, fever with a rash, or prolonged symptoms.
Jaime Friedman, MD says there’s another benefit of going to the doctor if you catch on early that something’s amiss: “Some doctors will prescribe Tamiflu if they diagnose any child with the flu in the first 2 days of symptoms. If your child is sick with a high fever, call your doctor to be seen as soon as possible for quick response.”
Experts have said that one reason healthy children are so much more vulnerable to flu has to do with how their immune system responds. For some who have not received any flu shot, infection with a flu strain they haven’t previously been exposed to can trigger their immune system to overreact. That can lead to widespread inflammation that is ultimately very fatal.