We have been having quite a few colds, coughs, aches and more severe illness this week. Knowing when it is just a cold and when it is the flu can be confusing as the flu can present with mild symptoms similar to a cold. Both are respiratory illnesses and are caused by a virus. Generally a flu can have more intense symptoms such as fever (can go as high as 103-105 with children), body aches, chills. If your child has these symptoms call your provider; they can test for the flu and track it and if it is caught early they may treat with an antiviral medicine which can lessen symptoms and shorten the duration of illness.
Remember no matter the illness but particularly with a high fever, keep hydrated. If your child cannot keep much down try a medicine cup amount of water at a time. Please remember to keep your child home if they have a fever, serious cough, greenish nasal drainage, vomiting, or diarrhea. Regarding fevers, keep your child home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicine such as tylenol or motrin. For more information check the CDC (Center for Disease Control)website, www.cdc.gov.