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The Flu & Cold
The common cold and the flu seem similar at first, with symptoms like a sore throat, sneezing, and a stuffy or runny nose. Cold symptoms are usually milder, and don’t tend to lead to more serious health problems. But what’s the difference between a cold and the flu? If you or your child’s symptoms persist for longer than four days, include a high fever, and/or leave you feeling fatigued and sore, you are most likely dealing with symptoms of the flu rather than a cold.
It is recommended that you stay home, get some rest, and stay hydrated if you have the flu. In most cases, the flu will go away after a couple of days. But sometimes, the flu might turn into a more serious health problem. Seek medical care immediately if your child presents the following symptoms:
- A fever higher than 104 °F
- Blue lips/face
- Chest or muscle pain
- Dehydration (No urine for over eight hours)
- Trouble breathing
Prevention. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months get a yearly flu vaccine. Young children, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of suffering complications due to the flu.
Things you can do to avoid spreading the flu
- Stay Home: Make sure your child stays home from school or daycare for the first 24 hours after they start showing flu symptoms. Also avoid close contact with other large groups of people.
- Cover your cough/sneezes: The flu is able to travel by air. Make sure you and your child(ren) are covering your coughs and sneezes to avoid spreading the flu. After sneezing, be sure to wash your hands.
- Wash Hands: Make sure you and your child are washing your hands regularly. Avoid touching your/their eyes, nose, or mouth. Don’t forget to sanitize any shared items that are touched often by others, such as toys, phones, tablets, remotes, etc.