When your child is experiencing a high fever, body aches, and respiratory issues as the result of the flu, you want to get them better fast. At Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic, experienced pediatrician, Eliézer Hernández, MD, PA, and his staff offer customized treatment plans to ease flu symptoms and help your child recover quickly. The team also provides seasonal flu shots to reduce your child’s risk for flu-related complications. Schedule a flu evaluation or a seasonal flu shot today by calling the Eagle Pass, Texas, office or by requesting an appointment online now.
The influenza (flu) virus is a highly contagious infection affecting both children and adults. The flu primarily impacts the upper respiratory system, causing symptoms that impact the nose, lungs, and bronchial tubes.
While some children recover in a few days to a week from the worst of their flu symptoms, kids with existing respiratory conditions or a weak immune system may need hospitalization to prevent additional medical complications.
The flu can affect children differently, causing a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms may include:
Some children may also experience digestive issues due to the flu, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic fatigue is also common, even after other symptoms have resolved.
Typically, the Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic doctors can determine if your child’s symptoms relate to a cold, the flu, or other medical condition after a physical exam and an evaluation of the severity of the symptoms.
Because the flu is contagious for several days after the start of symptoms, it’s important to get your child properly diagnosed as soon as possible. This can help reduce the risk for spreading the infection to others.
The flu results from a viral infection, so antibiotics won’t be effective in treating the condition. However, your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic provider can recommend at-home treatments to ease your child’s symptoms and keep them comfortable until the flu runs its course.
Home remedies may include over-the-counter pain relievers, plenty of rest, and lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. In some cases, your doctor may recommend antiviral medications at the start of your child’s symptoms to reduce the severity of symptoms and the duration of the flu.
You should also consider available preventive treatments to reduce your child’s risk for getting the flu, such as seasonal flu shots during the winter flu season.
If you suspect your child’s symptoms are the result of the flu, schedule an evaluation as soon as possible. You can book an appointment online or call Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic today for more information.