What are Flu Symptoms? | Baby Care Basics | Parents

What are Flu Symptoms? | Baby Care Basics | Parents


Influenza is a viral infection that primarily
affects the respiratory system, and is generally seen in the fall and winter. It can be especially
dangerous in infants because their immune systems are still immature. They can get their
first flu vaccine when they’re six months old. Call your pediatrician if your baby shows
these signs of the flu: sudden fever; unusual sleepiness; decreased appetite; dry, hacking
cough; chills and body shakes; fussiness; stuffy or runny nose. Your doctor may give
your baby an antiviral medicine to fight off the flu. The earlier you start it, the better
it works. So, call your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. Pain relievers like infants’
acetaminophen and ibuprofen for babies over six months old can bring down her fever and
make her feel better. But for any child younger than three months, call your doctor before
giving any medication for fever. Make sure she gets plenty to drink. If she won’t feed
or seems to be having fewer wet diapers than normal, visit the doctor.

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