24th June 2020
24th June 2020
Getting the flu can be a very painful experience for your little child. But with adequate home care, and your doctor’s help you can make your child feel better in no time. Here is our guide on the flu and how to help your toddler.
How can you tell if your child really has the flu or has a bad cold? If it’s cold, then your toddler may exhibit the following flu symptoms:
The symptoms can go on for about a week or two.
Call your doctor if you have any doubts. If you wait too long, it can be dangerous. A sickness that looks like the cold can turn out to be the flu. A strep throat or pneumonia can also look like the flu. Sometimes, even your doctor may need to do a test to know for sure I your toddler has the flu or a cold.
Usually, care at home with plenty of liquids, rest and comfort is enough to help your toddler recover. However, sometimes even healthy toddler can struggle to get over the flu. It is important to note that children under 5 years of age, especially with asthma can have issues if they get the flu. In these cases, calling your doctor immediately is best. Your doctor might sometimes prescribe an antiviral medicine to lesson the flu symptoms and help your child get rest.
Make sure they are comfortable. When you little toddler is not feeling well, he or she will want to feel comfortable. Let them sleep in their beds, with their favorite toys and with their favorite blankets.
Sleep is critical. When battling the flu, your child needs lots of rest. Make sure they nap during the day and sleep peacefully at night.
Keep them hydrated. Warm water, room temperature juice, yogurt, electrolyte solutions and homemade soups are wonderful nourishers.
Help her breathe easier at night. Place a cool-mist humidifier in her room at night. The moisture from the vapor will help her relieve her stuffy nose.