During flu season, children are at increased risk for contracting and spreading the influenza virus to others. At Katy Pediatric Associates in Katy, Texas, Hebah Aboul-Fotouh, MD, Asmaa Fotouh, MD, and Tabassum Imam, MD, are highly skilled in diagnosing influenza in kids and offer customized treatment plans to help them feel better quickly. The team also provides seasonal influenza vaccines to lessen your child’s chances of getting the flu. If your child has flu symptoms, schedule a sick visit at Katy Pediatric Associates today by requesting an appointment online or by calling the office.
Influenza or 'the flu' is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. The flu is caused by a different virus than the common cold. The flu can affect the upper and lower respiratory tract.
The flu is different from the common cold in that its effects are more severe and can last longer.
The flu is also different from the common cold in that it has a higher risk for complications like pneumonia. These complications are more likely to occur in young children and children with underlying health issues, but they can also occur in otherwise healthy children.
Influenza symptoms can develop within a few days of being exposed to the virus and children can experience issues that range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms of the flu include:
Some children also experience vomiting and diarrhea as a result of the influenza virus.
Those who have immune system disorders and young children have the possibility of developing complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections. Kids who have existing health conditions, like asthma, may experience a worsening of their condition due to the flu.
If your child isn’t feeling better within a few days of starting home treatments, or if their flu symptoms continue to worsen, schedule a sick visit appointment at Katy Pediatric Associates as soon as possible.
You can also schedule an appointment for your child to receive the flu vaccine, which protects them from seasonal strains of the influenza virus.
After your Katy Pediatric Associates provider determines your symptoms relate to the influenza virus and not another medical issue, they create a treatment plan that focuses on helping your child feel better.
Because influenza develops due to a viral infection, antibiotics will not be a treatment option. Your pediatrician can recommend home remedies and over-the-counter medications to help your child be more comfortable. In situations where your child’s symptoms are severe, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications.
You can expect your Katy Pediatric Associates physician to provide guidance about keeping your child home from daycare or school to prevent the spread of influenza. It’s important your child stays hydrated and gets plenty of rest as they recover from the flu.
If the flu aggravates your child’s existing health issues, your pediatrician also creates a plan to treat additional symptoms and prevent more serious health complications.
Schedule an evaluation of influenza symptoms today. You can request an appointment at Katy Pediatric Associates online or by phone today.