By Mina Sehhat MD
January 27, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: flu   sick child  

It is tough to see your child sick with the flu. Flu symptoms can cause your child to feel terrible all over, and you do what you can to flucomfort them. While you hope your kids never get sick, there are steps you can take when your child has the flu to help them recover. For instance, medications and symptom management can help your child feel better. You can ask a pediatrician about which medications can help. For pediatrics in San Jose, CA, Dr. Mina Sehhat is your experienced pediatrician.

Flu Symptoms

Many symptoms associated with the flu are also characteristic of colds so it can sometimes be difficult to determine if your child truly has the flu. Both illnesses are caused by viruses and share symptoms such as achy muscles, fever, fatigue, headache, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose.

The primary difference between colds and cases of flu is how quickly symptoms develop. Colds tend to develop slowly with hints of symptoms for a few days before your child is really sick. The flu, on the other hand, often occurs overnight, so to speak, with the onset of symptoms occurring very quickly. Additionally, while colds can sometimes be accompanied by a fever, the flu almost always causes one. Further, flu symptoms tend to be felt throughout the whole body while cold symptoms are primarily confined to the head.

Treatments & Remedies

When your child is stricken with the flu, there are medications that can help alleviate some flu-related symptoms. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen are helpful for reducing fevers and alleviating body aches and pains. There are also prescription medications available to prevent the flu virus from spreading throughout the body. Your San Jose pediatrics office can prescribe medication, if appropriate.

Aside from medications, two of the most important things your child needs when they have the flu are rest and fluids. Anytime we are sick, our bodies are a little weaker as the immune system is compromised. The body needs extra rest during this time to help it recover. Fluids are also important as the body can become dehydrated when the flu takes over. Be sure your child gets plenty of water, tea or other clear liquids when sick with the flu. Finally, if serious problems develop, such as a persistent fever that won’t come down, consult a doctor right away.

It is never easy to see your children struggle with sickness, such as the flu. You can help your child recover more quickly by managing their symptoms and consulting their pediatrician. If your child has the flu, contact the office of Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA, pediatrics office, to schedule an appointment by calling (408) 975-7680.