IS IT THE FLU OR JUST A COLD
This is any parent’s worst nightmare. Your child gets sent home feeling sick and yucky. Does your child have the flu? Does your child have a cold? This is a common question which every parent asks. Before you begin to worry and panic, let’s look at some symptoms of each first. This way it will be easier to determine which one your child has.
THE COMMON COLD
1) Your symptoms are going to begin slow. Which is kind of good, This way you can see the signs sooner. Pay attention. Even the smallest symptom can be very telling.
2) Your child is going to have a mild fever, or no fever at all. His or her appetite will be the same.
3) Your child is not going to have much of a headache, nor is your child going to be exhausted. This is actually a good thing. Why? With a common cold, your child will have normal everyday energy. He or she won’t be overly tired.
4) Your child will also not feel achy in the body or have chills.
1) This is a different monster on it’s own. The flu will hit your child rather suddenly. One moment he or she will be fine. The next they will feel like collapsing.
2) Your child is going to be running a very high fever; in some cases, it could be dangerously high. It all depends on what type of flu he or she has.
3) Exhaustion will be rather apparent and alarming. As stated above, your child will want to collapse.
4) The appetite won’t be there at all. Your child is going to have the chills and the muscles will feel achy. Your child will want to stay in bed, for the most part.
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD OUT
First let me state that the above symptoms are for most children. Every situation is different. Just because of the information outlined above, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to both, for easier diagnosis.
Sometimes the best thing a child can have is rest. Give them plenty of fluids. If the symptoms haven’t subsided in a week or so, consult a doctor. Sometimes a flu shot is also needed.
In extreme cases, like infants and those with chronic issues, react in dangerous ways. This can be said for those with the common cold. The child might need to be hospitalized for a period of time.
In the most extreme situations, your child might need an antiviral medicine. However, this should be given within 48 hours of diagnosis. This is a very short window. If the medications are not administered within this time, it could get worse.
For more information on this and other medical concerns, please schedule an appointment with our office if you are in the Ashburn VA area. We can evaluate your child’s symptoms and make an appropriate diagnosis.