Is your tiny little one having prolonged fever? Is he highly irritable and has his consumption of fluids reduced suddenly? If your answer is yes, then do not take these symptoms lightly and rush to your nearby physician immediately, because your darling little one might be developing Swine Flu. Read our post below and learn all about Swine Flu in toddlers.
What Is Swine Flu?
Swine Flu or H1N1 Swine Flu is a respiratory disease caused due to a viral infection. It gets disseminated through coughing and sneezing of an infected person.
Causes Of Swine Flu:
Swine Flu begins as a viral infection, and the H1N1 virus is the main cause of the condition.
Early Symptoms Of Swine Flu In Toddlers:
Swine flu symptoms in toddlers are similar to that of seasonal flu. Some of which include:
- Sore Throat
- Running Nose
- Prolonged fever
- Cough and cold
- Diarrhea and vomiting in some extreme cases
- Muscle pain, fatigue and headache
[ Read: Treatment For Sore Throat In Toddlers ]
When To Call The Doctor?
The sooner you call the physician, the more likely you will be able to treat the disease. Here are certain symptoms that you will give alarm you to rush to the doctor:
- Rapid breathing or difficulty in breathing.
- Colour of the skin turning blue.
- Rashes appearing on the body.
- If your toddler is extremely irritable.
- If your toddler is not drinking enough fluids.
- If the temperature of your budding champ is not coming down and constant at 100.4 degrees and above, do not wait and immediately make a call to your pediatrician.
- If the symptoms of the Swine Flu reduce and then relapse with double the intensity and severity, it is high time you do not take things lightly and take medical help.
[ Read: Bacterial Infections In Toddlers ]
Toddlers Who Are At A High Risk:
Toddlers who have any of the below conditions are at a higher risk of getting affected by Swine Flu:
- Toddlers who are suffering from neuromuscular diseases viz. Cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.
- Toddlers who are suffering from diabetes are at a high risk.
- If your toddler is already suffering from any liver or kidney disease, then it is very likely that he will be easily prone to swine flu.
- If your toddler suffers from congenital heart disease, he will be at a higher risk of catching Swine Flu.
[ Read: Stomach Flu In Toddlers ]
Treating Swine Flu In Toddlers:
Tamiflu is one of the best antiviral medications for treating Swine Flu. Tamiflu is effective if it is given within 48 hours after the symptoms start. Also, toddlers suffering from any kind of viral infection should not consume aspirin, as it can lead to adverse effects.
Preventing Swine Flu In Toddlers:
As parents, please take some extra care of your tiny tot when such flu are on the rise. Here are some steps you can follow to prevent your toddler from catching the flu.
- If anyone in your family is suffering from Swine Flu, ask the person to cover his nose and mouth while sneezing and coughing and prevent your toddler from coming in direct contact with the infected person.
- Wash your hands with soap or a hand wash after coming in from outside, using the washroom and before touching any eatable item.
- Try to stop your toddler from rubbing his dirty hands on his eyes, mouth or nose.
- Get everyone in your family vaccinated. Swine flu vaccine for toddlers are available as a nasal spray for age group 2 years to 50 years as well as shots for six months old and above.
[ Read: Symptoms Of Scarlet Fever In Toddlers ]
So, if you found the post useful or you have any suggestions, questions or opinions, leave a comment in the section below.
- 6 Unexpected Symptoms Of Hay Fever In Toddlers
- 11 Signs And Symptoms Of Viral Fever In Infants
- Meningitis In Babies/Infants – 13 Symptoms & 2 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis In Infants – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments