Yes, it’s still technically flu season, and when your child gets the flu it can be a scary thing. Children are actually common carriers of the flu virus and spread it quickly. Because they aren’t the best about hygiene practices (such as washing their hands, or coughing and sneezing on each other), the flu spreads rapidly among kids, especially in settings such as schools and after school activities. So when you find that your child’s flu symptoms are not going away, here are the steps to treat it:
Treat children’s flu: Step 1
Hydrate: You will need to keep your child very hydrated through their illness if they are going to have any chance to beat it. Make sure that the fluids they ingest include water, juices (preferably freshly juiced for extra antioxidants), sports drinks and waters with electrolytes, or Pedialyte. Try to avoid carbonated drinks, as they do not hydrate in the way that the other listed fluids do. Also try to avoid caffeinated liquids, as they will tend to dehydrate your child.
Treat children’s flu: Step 2
Treat Congestion: There may be excess congestion taking place, and before your child’s flu is completely gone, you will need to treat the symptoms. In children 4-years and younger you may need to suction out any extra mucus that is clogging their nasal passages. First try giving them a warm bath in a steamy room to loosen up the mucus, then suction the blockage with a bulb or nasal syringe. Good luck, sometimes this can be tough;)
For children older than 4-years old, have them blow their nose.
Do not give children under 6-years old cold or cough medicine unless directed by your doctor.
Treat Other Symptoms: Along with congestion, your child may be experiencing many other symptoms. One of the most common is muscle soreness. Try giving them a warm bath, and giving them a children’s Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin. This will help relieve the soreness in their muscles, nose, and throat, which may even lead to a better night’s sleep.
Do not give children under 6-months ibuprofen.
Treat children’s flu: Step 4
Rest and Prevention: Rest is one of the most valuable things that your child can have when they’re sick, so make sure that they are comfortable enough to get the rest they need.
Prevention of course is key, so be sure to get your child the flu shot if they are older than 6-months.
Treat children’s flu: Step 5
Know when to call a doctor: We encourage you as a parent to help your child through this illness, but please seek medical attention immediately if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms:
- lingering cough
- stiff neck
- has not urinated in 8 hours
- has a rash
- is younger than 2-years old
Don’t wait. Come get your flu shot today!
At AFC Urgent Care New Britain you can walk right in, no appointment necessary, to any of our walk-in clinics. We are located at 135 East Main Street, New Britain CT 06051. We are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.