Pediatric Flu and Cold Specialist Questions and Answers
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We have all been affected by the cold and flu at one point, and it normally is not too much cause for concern. When our children are sick, however, it can be more concerning, even if they have only mild symptoms. Fortunately, pediatricians specialize in treating children with cold and flu symptoms and can have your little one feeling better in no time.
What are cold symptoms in a child?
A child may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Chills and a fever
- A dry or sore throat
- A stuffy nose or chest congestion
- Headache, body aches, or sore muscles
- A dry or productive (mucus-producing) cough
- Feeling tired or weak
- Loss of appetite
The signs of a cold in a child can be very similar to symptoms of the flu, although there are a few important distinctions to watch out for: fevers, fatigue, and headaches are more likely to accompany flu, and sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion are more likely to accompany an infection caused by a cold virus.
What are the signs of flu in children?
Although the flu is a respiratory disease, it can affect the whole body and may present the following symptoms in children:
- Fever as high as 103-105°F
- Body aches, which may be severe
- Sore throat
- Cough that gets worse
- Runny or stuffy nose
Sometimes children experience other symptoms, including:
While most children recover from the flu within a week, they may experience body fatigue for as long as 3 to 4 weeks.
How can I prevent cold and flu in my toddler?
The best way to prevent the cold and flu in toddlers is to wash their hands regularly and to teach them basic hand-washing techniques. In addition to this, it is a good idea to stay away from anyone exhibiting cold and flu symptoms and to avoid sharing utensils, towels, and cups.
While it is not easy when your toddler is fighting the cold or flu, rest assured knowing that they will feel better in a week or two, after which they will be back to their normal, playful self.
How do I know when I should take my child that has the flu or a cold to the doctor?
If something does not seem right with your child, a simple phone call to a nurse or an appointment with a healthcare provider can help ease your mind. However, if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical care as soon as possible:
- High or persistent fever
- Any breathing problems, including fast, labored breathing
- Persistent pain, such as an earache
- Sore throat
- Severe headache
- Stomach ache
- Thick and sticky eye discharge
Additionally, children may be seen for:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
- Not keeping down enough liquid to urinate regularly (minimum of once every 6-8 hours)
- Dehydration (severe dehydration is an emergency and must be treated at a hospital emergency room)
- Vomit or diarrhea that contains blood
- A stiff neck
- Extreme lack of energy
- Illness seems to be getting worse
- Exposure to a contagious illness
- Illness after recently traveling outside of the country
- Urinary problems, which may indicate an infection
If your child is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, bring them to Premier Urgent Care today. Our medical professionals specialize in treating flu and colds in children and can help your little ones get back to their normal, loving selves. Call us today to book an appointment with our pediatric cold and flu specialist, or visit one of our clinics. We have two Connecticut locations to better serve you: one in Newington and one in Oxford. We serve patients from Oxford CT, Newington CT, Naugatuck CT, New Britain CT, Seymour CT, Wethersfield CT, West Hartford CT, Ansonia CT, Bristol CT, Cromwell CT, and Waterbury CT. We look forward to serving you!