Winter is knocking on our doors, and all mothers know what it means. All mothers dread the moment it starts getting cold because as the temperature decreases, our children start coming down with the flu.
Whether we like it or not, we have to face it; our kids will have to get the flu a couple of times during winter. While it is very hard to avoid your kids getting sick, there are ways to help your children fight flu symptoms when they do get sick.
The flu is an extremely contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract which includes the nose, throat, and lungs. You can be sick with the flu for up to one week. This article will guide you on what to do to help your children fight flu symptoms this winter. However, it is important to first know the symptoms of the flu to get a further understanding of how to treat your child’s symptoms.
What are the symptoms of the flu in children?
Symptoms of the flu in children are basically the same symptoms adults get. The following are the main symptoms of the flu:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle/body aches
- Chest congestion
- Chills/body shivers
How to help your child fight flu symptoms?
Rest and fluids
We all know that once you come down with the flu, the first thing you need to do is give your body the chance to rest so it can fight the virus.
Have your child drink lots of fluids, because your child may have a fever as a result of the flu. They may also lose their appetite, they are prone to dehydration, and their bodies will need a lot of fluids to compensate for the loss of fluids.
Treat congestion and any other flu symptoms
- Treatment using over-the-counter medication: Give your child over-the-counter medication such as 123, which is a great way to help your children overcome common flu symptoms such as fever, congestion, body aches, and runny nose/sneezing.
- 123 components consist of paracetamol (used to treat fevers, headaches and a pain reliever), chlorpheniramine (an anti-histamine which treats runny nose, sneezing, or any allergies related to colds and flus), and pseudoephedrine (treats nasal/throat congestion).
- Don’t give children under 6 years of age any cold medicine without discussing it with your pediatrician. Medicines like 123 can be given to children starting the age of 6 and up. It is guaranteed to help relieve any flu symptoms your child may face.
- Remove any mucus from your child’s nose using a syringe to help them decongest as most children have difficulty blowing their nose.
- Use a saline spray to decongest your child’s nose.
- Use a humidifier in your child’s bedroom to help moisten the air to relieve congestion.
- Honey can help relieve any flu symptoms for your child if they are above 12 months old.
If flu symptoms persist for more than two weeks, call your child’s pediatrician immediately.
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- Best Winter Sleep Routine for Your Child