Knowing When Your Child Needs Medical Attention for Flu Symptoms

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommends that all individuals six months or older receive an annual flu vaccination for the prevention of this potentially dangerous illness. Given their weaker immune systems, children can be especially at risk for more severe cases of the flu. If your child contracts the flu, you can likely manage their symptoms at home.  If they experience any of the following circumstances, you may want to consult your pediatrician or emergency care provider.

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He Cannot Keep Down Fluids
Nausea is a common side effect of the flu. Your child may not have the capacity to tolerate food for 24 hours or longer. However, keeping them properly hydrated is imperative to their health, as dehydration can worsen his status and lead to other medical problems. If your child continually  vomits the fluids you give him , seek medical attention. Should the flu bring on bouts of diarrhea, which can further dehydrate your child, you should consider contacting a doctor.

His Fever Returns
A fever should disappear on its own over time. You may also use child-friendly medication such as ibuprofen to reduce this symptom. After the fever abates, do not stop checking your child’s temperature on a regular basis. If a fever rebounds, it may be the sign of an infection in the body.

He Shows Signs of Confusion
The flu can make your child display traits that are unusual given his normal demeanor. For instance, he may become fatigued, irritable, or withdrawn. Should your child exhibit signs of confusion or incoherence, he may need professional help. Only you can know if your child is showing cognitive distress, so be sure to monitor his behavior closely until the flu is gone.

If you or your child has yet to receive a flu shot, now is the time to do it. Call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300 to  schedule a vaccination  appointment today. Please contact your local physician or the Southern Nevada Health District for your flu vaccination. 

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