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The Flu

It’s that time of year.  Cold weather.  Dry air.  Snow. Germs…

It seems no matter how hard you try to keep your kids away from other kids or public facilities, they just get sick.  It seems everyone I know has a snotty nose or an ailment of some kind.  But the flu – that’s another ballgame.  It’s scary to see your child sick!  What’s just a normal cold?  What’s a bacterial infection that will require antibiotics?  What’s the flu?  The symptoms all seem to overlap.

First, contact your pediatrician if you have any question.  That’s what they’re there for.  Hopefully they’re like my daughter’s doctor and don’t mind answering even the silliest questions.  But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the flu can have some distinguishing factors.  These include:

  1. A sudden fever
  2. Chills
  3. Headache/body ache
  4. Sore throat
  5. Cough (dry/hacking)
  6. Runny or stopped up nose

Most people with the flu are achier than those with just a cold, and some may even vomit or have diarrhea.

If you suspect your child may have the flu, be sure to keep them hydrated and contact his or her pediatrician immediately.  Give them lots of extra cuddles and love and allow for lots of rest.

For more information on this topic, you can visit healthychildren.org.