At this time of year it’s very likely that your child could pick up a cold, or the flu from school or other group activities. But sometimes, a cold or flu can linger, turning into something far more harmful. We know it can be scary, so we’ve put together a guide of what to do if your child has the flu.
Keep your child hydrated
When your child is sick with any type of illness, it is important for them to stay hydrated. We suggest drink plenty of water, but there are a lot of other fluids that will ensure long-lasting hydration rather than just going right through them.
- If your child is still a baby feeding on breast milk or formula, try feeding more often in smaller quantities.
- Water/sports drinks with electrolytes
- Ice pops
Avoid any caffeinated or carbonated liquids, as they will not help hydrate your child. You’ll know if your child is dehydrated by the color of their urine. If dehydrated urine will be a dark yellow/orange. We also suggest letting your child get plenty of rest to allow their bodies to fight off the illness.
Treat the flu symptoms
As much as we want to get at the root cause of your child’s flu, it is important to treat the congestion and symptoms. Here are some of the best ways to treat flu symptoms:
- To treat a sore, stuffy nose and throat try a humidifier in their bedroom.
- To treat congestion, try removing excess mucus with a bulb or nasal syringe. Older children will be able to blow their nose. Do not give children under 6-years old cold or cough medicine unless directed by your doctor.
- To treat any muscle aches, headaches, or slight fever try giving your child a warm bath, and giving them Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin. Do not give children under 6-months Ibuprofen.
Prevent your child from getting the flu
Prevention of course is key, so be sure to get your child the flu shot if they are older than 6-months.
And of course, 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
Come on in Today!
At AFC Urgent Care Danbury you can walk right in, no appointment necessary, to any of our Danbury walk-in clinics. We are located at 2 Main Street, 100 Mill Plain Road, and 76c Newtown Road. All our locations are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.