It’s flu season 2017, and here at 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers we’re prepared to answer your questions about the latest medical recommendations for your child.
First, it’s our recommendation that children aged 6 months and older receive seasonal flu vaccine. Pediatric medicine experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advocate flu vaccines and have set guidelines for how the vaccine is to be given based on your child’s age. Be sure to make an appointment or give us a call at any of our three locations for full instructions.
Flu symptoms may mimic those of a common cold but with the added discomfort of nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. Babies and children may alternate between being very fussy or very sleepy. Typically, children exhibit some combination of the following symptoms:
- A high-grade fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
- Chills and shakes with the fever
- Extreme tiredness
- Headache and body aches
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Vomiting and stomach pain
Flu Comfort Measures
There is no known medical treatment for colds and flu. Simple comfort measures may help relieve your child’s discomfort.
- Provide plenty of rest. Keep kids home from school and outside activities when they have symptoms of the flu.
- Give lots of fluids. Clear fluids like Pedialyte, water, and juice are ideal.
- Use saline drops to loosen mucus in the nose.
- Run a humidifier. It will help keep the air moist in your child’s room.
- Administer ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever and discomfort. Avoid giving aspirin in children younger than 18. Follow label instructions or call us for advice about dosage based on your child’s age and size. Also, call us for advice before giving over-the-counter cold and flu medications to very young children.
When to Call 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers
Although most children return to health within several days of catching a cold or flu, some symptoms may indicate that these infections have taken a more serious course. Be sure to call us when any of the following occur:
- Serious trouble breathing
- Fever above 101 degrees for 72 hours, or fever 104 degrees or higher
- Persistent coughing
- Facial pain or neck pain (from swelling of sinuses or tonsils)
Here’s wishing you and your family a cold- and flu-free winter season, but remember: we’re here to help whenever you need medical care or advice for your children.