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Influenza: What To Do If Your Child Is Home Sick With the Flu

Influenza: What To Do If Your Child Is Home Sick With the Flu
April 1, 2019 keichie

Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. If your little one is sick, you can except to see symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle/body ache, headache, or fatigue. Symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children.

When one child is at home sick with influenza, it is important to take precautionary measures in order to keep the rest of the family illness free.

For The Sick Child:

  1. Hygiene: Frequent hand washing, couching and sneezing into the elbow.
  2. Home Remedies: Make sure your little one has lots of fluids and rest to fight off the infection. For most, influenza resolves on its own.
  3. Limit child to only a few rooms

For Rest Of The Family:

  1. Disinfect: Influenza (flu) lives on surfaces approximately 24-48 hours. Regularly disinfect surfaces around the house to avoid spread.
  2. Control Spread: The flu is a highly contagious disease. The flu virus spreads through air. Limit time in the car with child due to close quarters.

*Typically people will get sick in 2-4 days after exposure. If anyone suffers from any major health problems or is immunosuppressed their doctor may want to them to take Tamiflu to prevent infection

Influenza (flu) vs. Cold

Many people have mistaken these two illnesses due to similarity in symptoms. However, the cold and flu (respiratory illnesses) are caused by different viruses.

Some differential symptoms of the flu include:

  • High temperature
  • Fever over 100.4 F (although common, not everyone sick with the flu has a fever)
  • Headache
  • Body Ache/Weakness
  • Fatigue

Influenza Flu

Image by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 

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Fight The Flu With These Helpful Tips

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