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Flu Symptoms in Kids: Signs It’s Time to Visit a Doctor

Flu Symptoms in Kids: Signs It’s Time to Visit a Doctor
As a parent, the health of your children is your top priority. One common health concern during winter is the flu, a viral illness that can have severe implications if not appropriately managed. Our team at Henry County Hospital will delve into the flu symptoms in children and provide tips on when it might be time to take your child to the doctor.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the flu or flu-like symptoms, try a walk-in appointment at Henry County Hospital Urgent Care facility—call (419) 592-4015 for more information.

What Is the Flu?

The flu, or influenza, is one of the most severe and common viral illnesses during the winter season. In children, the symptoms can be similar to those in adults, though they may also present some unique characteristics.

Common symptoms of the flu in children include:

  • Fever (often higher than 100° Fahrenheit)
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Body aches

A runny nose, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and a sore throat are also common. In some cases, children may also experience diarrhea and vomiting.

How to Help Alleviate Flu Symptoms

While the flu and its symptoms can be quite uncomfortable, parents can help alleviate it at home in several ways.

You’ll want to ensure your child:

  • Gets plenty of rest
  • Stays hydrated
  • Eats nutritious food

These tips can help your child’s body fight off the virus. Over-the-counter medications may also help with symptoms like fever and body aches, but always consult a Henry County Hospital healthcare provider before administering any new medications to your children.

Signs that It’s Time to Visit a Doctor

Although many children will recover from the flu with at-home care, there are instances when medical intervention is necessary. It's crucial for you to recognize the signs that it's time to visit a doctor.

If your child is experiencing the following issues, it’s time to consult a doctor:

  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Suffering from chest or abdominal pain
  • Dealing with persistent vomiting
  • Experiencing ear pain

These symptoms could be signs of a more severe condition. Similarly, if your child's symptoms do not improve after a few days or seem to be worsening, it's time to seek professional help. In infants, signs of the flu may include fussiness, difficulty feeding, or a lack of tears when crying.

Henry County Hospital is Here to Help!

Remember, influenza is a serious illness that can lead to complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear infections. In some cases, it can also result in hospitalization. Therefore, monitoring your child's symptoms closely and seeking medical attention when necessary is essential.

While the flu can be a scary experience for parents and children, it can be managed effectively with the right knowledge and prompt action.

Our team at Henry County Hospital can help diagnose the flu and provide practical tips for recovery. Contact us to learn more about our primary care services and find a convenient location near you.