You might wonder when your child starts to present with symptoms, is this a cold or the flu? The flu can feel like a more extreme cold through its symptoms.
With a flu, your child will have all of the symptoms of a cold, but there will be additional telltale signs that your child may experience. It’s important to understand and pay attention to any of these symptoms, since they can have much more serious implications and can lead to pneumonia or hospitalization. Some common symptoms of a flu in addition to the cold symptoms are:
- Fever – See section below about what temperatures are considered high for your child based on their age
- Body aches
The fever symptom is what normally causes a lot of concern for parents. While a flu is also treatable with over the counter children’s flu medicines and rest, the fever part of the equation should always be watched very closely in children.
The good news for flu is that you can work to avoid it by getting your children an annual flu shot. During a regular check-up, talk to your doctor about the flu shot for your child. While it isn’t foolproof, it can greatly reduce the risk associated with contracting the flu.
What is a high fever for a child?
A normal temperature can vary between 97.4 to 99.6. Temperatures in that range are typically not of any major concern. Once a temperature gets over 99 degrees, it can be a sign that your body is fighting infection. Fevers can sometimes take 3-4 days to break and that’s a long time to be concerned.
If your child is between 3-months to 3-years-old and has a temperature that reaches 102 or higher, it’s time to contact your pediatrician. This is especially true if your child:
- Becomes disinterested in normal activities or engaging with people or behavior that is not typical
- Does not want to eat or drink
- Becomes confused or not aware of their surroundings
- Skin becomes very flushed or sweaty
- Loss of energy or fatigued