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Flu Season is Here: How to Know When Your Child Needs Medical Attention

January 10, 2017

walk in medical clinicsOn average, children will catch between six and 10 colds annually, but now that flu season is upon us, there are more important things to worry about. Sometimes the flu can present with the same symptoms as a cold at first, but it’s important to know when those symptoms change and require medical attention.

If you’re concerned about your child this flu season, here is a short guide to help you know whether to choose walk in medical clinics or the help of your pediatric care physician.

High Fever
This is an especially dangerous symptom for infants and toddlers. A fever is one of the most common symptoms of the flu, but if it persists at a temperature above 100 degrees, then you need to seek out immediate medical attention for your child. For those young children with the flu who haven’t built up their immune systems yet, a fever this high can be fatal.

Trouble Breathing
A stuffy nose is nothing to be too troubled about if your child has been diagnosed with the common cold, but shortness of breath is. Trouble breathing or shallow breathing is a serious warning sign that your child needs medical attention.

How You Can Prevent the Flu

The Flu Shot
The best defense is a good offense, and the flu shot is the best way of preventing the flu this season and every other season. More importantly, it’s crucial to have yourself and your children vaccinated at your local pharmacy or walk in medical clinics before the peak of flu season begins.

Keep Hands and Surfaces Clean
Washing your hands is a basic instruction received in kindergarten, but it’s a necessary one. Keeping surfaces around your home clean can help prevent harmful germs from entering your child’s body. Children’s hands come into contact with a lot of things, which means it’s especially important to keep them clean.

Once you know how to prevent the flu and what some of the basic warning signs are, you should be ready to handle the flu season like a pro.