Posts Tagged "Flu"

13Sep2022

Flu season is coming up fast, and your child may catch the virus even if they are vaccinated. It is important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms to ensure your child visits the pediatrician as needed. Now, you may be wondering if your child has caught a cold, the flu, or another virus. To help you determine your next step, here are several signs your child has caught the flu.

Lack of Appetite

A child suffering from the flu may not have much of an appetite, or they may not have an appetite at all. Your child may also experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, which does not help with their appetite. Both could be a sign of the flu or stomach flu, so you want to have your child examined by a pediatrician to get an accurate diagnosis.

Respiratory Ailments

Your child may also show signs of respiratory ailments with the flu, such as a cough, runny nose, and sore throat. However, these are also symptoms of a cold and Covid-19, so you need to watch for other signs of the flu. If you are still unsure, their pediatrician can administer a flu test and a Covid-19 test to diagnose your child’s illness.

Body Aches

If your child has the flu, they may complain of body aches. The muscles in their back and legs may feel sore, but these aches are normal with the flu. In addition, your child may also experience a headache. Some children even have stomach aches with the flu, which also causes their loss of appetite. Unfortunately, a child with the flu is usually miserable.

Fatigue

You may notice your child is more tired than usual when they have the flu, especially if they are usually active and playful. The best thing you can do is allow your child to get the rest they need. They need to recharge their body and save their energy for fighting off the flu. In some cases, your child may feel dizzy and need to lie down.

Fever

A child with the flu may also have a fever as high as 103 degrees Fahrenheit to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Their fever may also be accompanied by chills and the above symptoms, such as fatigue and body aches. If you are worried about your child’s body temperature, contact their pediatrician immediately.

It is important to note that symptoms of the flu can come on suddenly. If your child is showing signs of the flu or any other illness, schedule an appointment with Kids 1st Pediatrics. You can schedule an appointment online at kids1stpediatrics.net.

20Oct2020

Protecting your child from influenza is important every year but is even more important this year with the added concerns of COVID-19 still swirling across the United States. Those who are already sick with influenza may find it even more difficult to fend off a COVID-19 infection and could end up with more serious health concerns. Additionally, it is important to decrease as much work for medical teams around the country as possible to free up resources for fighting the novel coronavirus. Here are a few ways that you can protect your child this fall and winter.

First and most importantly, be sure that your child receives an influenza vaccine.

October is an excellent month to get this shot as it should last through the rest of the influenza season. However, even if your child does not get the shot this month, your doctor will still be able to give it in later months. According to the CDC, very young children, especially those younger than 5, are at high risk of developing serious complications should they develop influenza. Your child can receive an immunization as long as he is at least six months old.

Second, you can still take numerous steps to prevent an outbreak of influenza in your family even after family members get the influenza vaccine.

Stay away from sick family members and friends, and stay at home yourself if you are feeling under the weather.

Teach your child to cover his coughs and sneezes with a tissue or his arm. Tell him to wash his hands for at least 30 seconds after blowing his nose. Singing Happy Birthday while washing up can be an easy way to measure the correct amount of time.

Although it can be difficult for children to keep their hands away from their faces, it is vitally important for reducing the spread of germs. In particular, encourage them to stop rubbing their eyes.

Finally, be sure to keep frequently touched surfaces in your home clean and disinfected at all times.

This is particularly important if someone in your family is sick, but it should be done regularly even when you all are healthy. Use disinfecting wipes or sprays to clean doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and faucet handles.

If your child still needs an influenza vaccine this season, contact Kids 1st Pediatrics to set up an appointment time.