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What to Do When Your Child Gets the Flu

The flu season is approaching us. Find out what to do if your little one gets the flu.

As fall approaches, it’s important that your little one is protected from the flu. With the flu season falling between December and March, fluit’s never a bad idea to turn to our Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians, Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran, as soon as possible, so your little one can get a flu shot.

If they don’t get vaccinated and experience a nasty bout of the flu, find out what you can do.

Symptoms of the Flu

Here are the most common symptoms of the influenza virus:

  • A sudden high fever
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose

How to Treat the Flu

If your child has the flu, it can often make you feel a bit stressed out. How are you supposed to care for them? Should you visit your Woodbridge, NJ, children’s doctor? These are many questions that go through many parent’s heads. If your child is older than six months and is otherwise healthy, the flu can often be treated with rest and at-home measures:

  • Make sure your child stays hydrated. Offer them small amounts of liquids throughout the day. These liquids should not contain caffeine.
  • If your child has a sore throat, have them gargle with salt water. Sore throats can also be soothed with special teas or lozenges designed to target and ease pain.
  • If your child has body aches or a fever they can take over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol or Advil. Aspirin should never be given to a child under the age of 16.

If your child’s symptoms don’t go away after five days or if symptoms get worse, then it’s time to visit us. Of course, it can be scary when your child gets sick, so if there are ever any symptoms or issues that concern you, never hesitate to call us.

7 Days Pediatrics in Woodbridge, NJ, is here for your child, for the urgent medical needs or the annually scheduled physical examination. Call us today!

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