Symptoms of the flu in children


The influenza is actually an infection of the throat, nose, and lungs that are caused by influenza viruses. Influenza viruses are of many types, and in every year some of the viruses are more prevalent compared to others. Influenza (flu) infections are common during flu season which always last from about October to March of every year.

Serious children`s flu symptoms

There are various serious kids` flu symptoms that you should always watch out for in every flu season. The United States of America Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has cautioned that even kids who are generally healthy can become dangerously sick with influenza. You always ensure that you speak to your physician in case your kid has any of the following conditions or symptoms.

• Difficult breathing or fast breathing

• Gray or bluish skin color

• Persistent or severe vomiting

• Not drinking enough fluid or not urinating like the previous days is another sigh of flu infection

• Not interacting or not even waking up

• If your child is so irritable and he or she does not want to be held

• Flu-like symptoms that will get better, but will also return with worse cough and high fever

• Has any other condition (such as diabetes, lung disease, asthma, or heart disease) and develop influenza symptoms, including a cough and or fever.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has also cautioned that children who are below 5 years of age, particularly the ones who are below 2 years of age, are at higher risk for severe complications in case they will get influenza. In every year, approximately 20,000 kids who are below 5 years of age are hospitalized with influenza complications, like pneumonia.

Typical flu symptoms

In case your child has below typical symptoms, then you should also consider talking to your doctor immediately and ask if your child should be examined. Your child may need some treatment with anti-viral drugs. These drugs are approved for children who are as young as 2 weeks old. In fact, these drugs normally work perfectly if your child will start using them within the first 2 weeks of the sickness.

Below is a quick typical flu symptoms list (some of which, like muscle aches and headache, are very difficult to detect in children who are too young to explain their symptoms). The typical flu symptoms include

• A dry and hacking cough

• Sore throat

• Child and even body shake

• Body or muscle aches

• Feeling feverish or fever (the CDC has noted that not everyone who has influenza has fever)

• Stuffy or running nose

• Headache

• Very tired (fatigue)

• Diarrhea and vomiting

In contrast, a kid who has cold normally has a running nose, lower fever, and just little coughing. According to the research carried out by American Academy of Pediatrics, the flu usually makes children and even adults to feel much achier, sicker, and more miserable compared to cold.

For babies who are below 12 months old, there are extra precautions as far as a cough and fever are concerned. You should contact your doctor in case your baby has the following:

• Is below 3 months old and has 100.4 or higher degrees of fever. A fever in a baby who is below 3 months old can indicate serious disease or infections

• Has a fever that repeatedly rise above 104 degrees

• Has had a higher fever for over 24 hours

• Develops a cough which doesn’t improve after one week

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