First Aid: The Fluenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Flu-enHD-1.jpgTelltale signs of the flu include a sore throat, body aches and fever. Here's what to do if your child has the flu.influenza, the flu, flu, flu shot, flu shot update, flu shots, flu shot shortage, flu vaccine, flu vaccination, shortage of flu shot, shortage, shortage of flu vaccine, influenza virus, outbreak, vaccines, respiratory tract, epidemic, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, runny nose, weakness, fatigue, virus strains, immunity, do my children need flu shots, pneumonia, pandemics, acetaminophen, tylenol, motrin, aspirin, reye syndrome, dehydration, getting enough rest, antibodies, treating the flu, is the flu contagious, how do you treat the flu, preventing the flu, how do you prevent the flu, egg allergy, allergic to eggs10/20/200909/30/202009/30/2020Jonathan M. Miller, MD09/15/202070184e8f-67e8-4421-a73f-005d6365fd09https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">flu (influenza)</a> is a viral infection that usually starts out like a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a>, but can cause a more serious illness. Most kids who get the flu get over the infection without any problems. Flu viruses usually cause the most illness during the colder months of the year.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>a&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>&nbsp;that comes on suddenly</li> <li>chills</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headache</a></li> <li>muscle aches</li> <li>loss of appetite</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">cough</a></li> <li>sore throat</li> <li>runny nose</li> <li>nausea or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a></li> <li>dizziness</li> <li>tiredness</li> <li>ear pain</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <h4>If Your Child Has Flu Symptoms:</h4> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Let your child rest as much as needed.</li> <li>Keep your child hydrated with plenty of liquids.</li> <li>Relieve symptoms with: <ul> <li>a cool-mist humidifier</li> <li>saline (saltwater) nose drops</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a>&nbsp;and/or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> (give according to package directions)</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Never give aspirin to a child with the flu. Don't give cough or cold medicine to children under 6 years old</strong> (call the doctor first for older kids).</p> <p>Call your doctor if you have any questions, or if your child has an underlying health condition.</p> <h3>Get Medical Care if Your Child Has:</h3> <ul> <li>symptoms that get worse</li> <li>a severe cough</li> <li>trouble breathing</li> <li>a fever and is 3 months of age or younger</li> <li>a fever that lasts for 5 or more days</li> <li>a stiff neck</li> <li>a headache that doesn't go away after acetaminophen or ibuprofen</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Make sure your kids get the&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine.html/">flu vaccine</a> each year.</li> <li>Try to avoid large crowds during flu season.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Wash hands</a> well and often.</li> <li>Wearing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mask-care.html/">masks</a> in public is recommended for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-masks.html/">all children age 2 and up</a> during the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus pandemic</a>. This can also help stop the spread of flu.</li> </ul>Primeros auxilios: La gripeLos signos que indican una gripe incluyen dolor de garganta, dolores corporales y fiebre. Esto es lo que debe hacer si su hijo tiene gripe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/flu-sheet-esp.html/b947248c-b66b-4bbf-a0b4-b3b48421201d
FeversFevers happen when the body's internal "thermostat" raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body's way of fighting infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/42ab5a5d-1c03-493e-acf5-0ac569d1b946
Flu CenterThe flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/flu-center.html/6d7ab47a-521c-4a09-ada9-fb1035a675be
How Do I Know Which Vaccines My Kids Need?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/which-shots.html/a1c73420-3e9d-43d6-ac89-da66e0b81edc
How Many Doses of Flu Vaccine Does My Child Need?Knowing the doctor-recommended flu vaccination schedule can be confusing. Use this tool to help you understand how many doses your child needs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-shot-guide.html/8f0472ba-3285-44ee-8a12-8510d291634f
Immunization ScheduleWhich vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/ffd3d367-78ea-4bb9-852d-c02db5722b6b
The Flu VaccineDoctors recommend that all teens get vaccinated against the flu. Here are the facts on flu vaccines.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/flu-shot.html/77c15a09-4ae9-435f-bd29-ab0963de6dd7
Tips for Treating the FluHere are some quick tips for helping your child get over the flu.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tips-take-care.html/ec0c9969-c28f-4cc3-8f19-68619e1093fe
Too Late for the Flu Vaccine?It's best to get the flu vaccine early in flu season, so the body can make antibodies that protect it from the flu. But getting it later is better than not getting it at all.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/late-flu-shot.html/e594895f-3f3d-44f7-9b13-3a93453671f0
VomitingMost vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/20a54ee4-1e9e-4822-9631-614f8e08d622
Who Needs a Flu Shot?Just about everybody needs a flu shot. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu-shot.html/09bdc60a-b9d1-46b7-9006-e3c1548317ac
Your Child's Immunizations: Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)Find out when and why kids need to get the flu vaccine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine.html/2adbbbd4-9435-4575-9dc5-f6acee00ca1e
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