What Should I Do If My Child Gets the Flu?

This flu season has been one of the worst with several deaths among healthy adults and children. The flu vaccine offers the best protection against the flu virus. Yet, many adults and children do not get their routine vaccination. This increases the risk of infection.

Since flu-related deaths are on the rise, you may be understandably concerned if your child becomes ill with the flu. However, most children fully recover in about 1 to 2 weeks.

Although complications are rare, they can occur in healthy children. Therefore, it is important that you closely monitor your child’s symptoms.

Here for things that you can do to help your child cope with flu symptoms.

1. Administer over-the-counter medication. If your child is old enough, over-the-counter medications can relieve flu symptoms, such as coughing, a sore throat, a fever, a runny nose and congestion. Administer medication as instructed.

2. Give your child plenty of fluids. Your child may not have an appetite or feel like drinking . However, dehydration can occur if your child does not drink enough fluids. Good choices include water, soup and herbal teas.

3. Keep your child home from school. Fighting the flu virus takes a strong immune system. Since increased activity can further weakened your child’s immune system, keep him or her home from school until symptoms subside.

4. Disinfect his bedroom. If your child shares a room with a sibling, remove the healthy child from the bedroom to reduce his risk of infection. This is also a good time to give other children, as well as yourself, the flu vaccine. Keep disinfecting wipes nearby and wipe door handles, light switches and other surfaces.

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