How to Help Your Kid Recover from the Flu

Giving your child a flu vaccination in early fall can protect him from the virus. But while the flu vaccine is highly effective, it doesn’t offer 100% protection. With this said, a small percentage of people vaccinated do catch the virus each year. Fortunately, these people typically have a milder form of the virus

If your kid develops flu-like symptoms, here are three tips for a speedy recovery.

  • Plenty of fluids. Some children develop a fever when sick with the flu. Give your child plenty of water to prevent dehydration. If he doesn’t want water, offer ice pops, crushed ice (for older children) and fruits with a high water content.
  • Medication. Flu medications include a pain reliever to ease body aches and headaches. Give medication as directed to relieve symptoms.
  • Encourage rest. Your child may loathe lying in the bed. However, rest can strengthen his immune system faster. Limit activity to speed his recovery.
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