Children and the Flu

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The symptoms of flu in children are more severe than symptoms of a childhood cold. Symptoms start abruptly and can be bad, particularly early on. Dr. Edward Hill discusses children and the flu in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Even children who have always been healthy before or had the flu before can get a severe case of flu.

Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child has:

h Fast breathing or trouble breathing

h Bluish or gray skin color

h Not drinking enough fluids

h Severe or persistent vomiting

h Not waking up or not interacting

h Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

h Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsening cough

h Has other conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or asthma and develops flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.

If your child is younger than 5 or of any age and has a medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or a neurologic problem and develops flu-like symptoms, ask a doctor if your child should be examined. They may be at higher risk of serious complications from flu infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.