Pediatric Flu Treatment Questions and Answers
Many children contract the common flu each year, if your child is dealing with severe symptoms of the flu, it is best to have them looked at by one of our pediatricians at Night Lite Pediatrics. We are open late night, every night for your medical care needs. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
Children five and younger, particularly children younger than 2 are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. The flu is more dangerous for children to contract than that of the common cold, children will commonly need medical attention and care if they contract the flu, especially children younger than five years old, this is due to many children having complications from the flu. A few of these complications include:
- Worsening of long-term medical problems
- Brain dysfunction
- Sinus issues
- Ear infections
- Rare cases – flu can lead to their cause of death
How do you treat flu in kids?
You might be asking yourself if your child has the flu or just a really terrible cold.
If it’s a cold, your child may feel worse than usual and show:
- A low-grade fever
- Cough that gets particularly worse at night
- Runny nose
If it’s the flu, your child may show signs like:
- Sudden high temperature which persists even with fever reducing medications
- Fatigued, sleep more and be a lot less active
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Feel achy
- Feel a lot sicker than when they have the common cold
There are a few great ways to start helping your child feel comfortable and rested enough to get back to normal, you’ll want to make sure:
- Your child is resting
Make sure your child is getting enough rest, this will help them get over the flu a lot faster than if they do not rest.
- Staying hydrated
Offer up water, juice, yogurt, electrolyte solutions and chicken soup, all of which will help keep your child hydrated.
- Bring down their fever
Use fever reducing child medication and follow the proper instructions to help bring your child’s fever down.
- Use a saline spray for their nose
Saline spray can help them breathe easier when they have a stuffed nose. Using saline spray will help open up the airways and make them feel more comfortable.
- Help them breathe easier while sleeping
Running a cool-mist humidifier in their room while they rest, the moisture in the vapor will help relieve their stuffy nose.
If your child’s flu does not get better after a few days, its best to get it checked out by your pediatrician to make sure it isn’t anything more severe, or the flu hasn’t gotten worse.
When should I be concerned about my child’s flu?
While a child’s regular flu-like symptoms can be easily cared for at home with various treatments, some children start to show more severe symptoms. You should bring your child in immediately for medical attention if they exhibit any of the following warning signs:
- Return of their flu-like symptoms with a worse fever and cough
- Fast or troubled breathing
- Bluish discoloration of their skin
- Dehydration (no tears when crying, dry and cracked lips/mouth, no urinating within eight hours)
- Severe lethargy
If you are at all concerned about your child’s health, or if they are exhibiting any of the above severe symptoms, bring them in for medical attention immediately.
How long does flu in toddlers last?
Most healthy children will recover from the flu without any serious issues or side effects. Usually, a fever and muscle aches will last around 2 to 4 days, but their cough and fatigue can continue on for another 1 to 2 weeks or longer.
Try to keep your child as comfortable and rested as possible when they are sick with the flu. The flu can lead to other infections like croup which is an infection of the throat and vocal cords, pneumonia which is a lung infection, and bronchiolitis which is an infection of the airways that can lead to their lungs and cause wheezing as well as difficulty breathing.
Call us today if you are not sure if you should bring your child in or not, we will be more than happy to offer any recommendations and answer any questions you may have.