As the cooler weather comes in, flu season follows it. Stuffy noses, cough, and fever starts to show up and spreads, especially in kids. Make sure you and your children are doing your best to avoid getting sick this cold and flu season by educating yourself about the flu virus and practicing healthy habits.
Flu Symptoms to Look For
Flu symptoms sometimes seem like just a normal cold or stomach bug, but the flu is quicker to come on and harder on kids than a cold. Watch for things like:
- High fever of 104 degrees Fahrenheit
- Chills and shaking
- Fatigue and being more tired than normal
- Sore throats
- Stuffy nose
- Dry or hacking cough
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain
- Body and headaches
How to Avoid the Flu
There is no real way to truly avoid getting the flu, but there are a lot of measures you can take to help reduce your chances of getting it.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water, juice, Gatorade, tea)
- Get plenty of rest
- Wash your hands well and frequently
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
- Wash pillows, blankets, sheets, clothes, and other shared objects in hot water
- Disinfect surfaces that get touched a lot
Practicing these health tips not only help keep you and your child safer, but also helps to prevent sickness from spreading to others. Be smart this flu season and stay safe.