It is that time of year. The cold and flu season is out in full force.
According to GoBlueRidge.Net, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) has reported confirmation of flu cases. I can attest to this article as my two daughters were diagnosed with the flu on Monday. It was a long weekend and I decided to take them in on Monday evening. Blue Ridge Pediatrics saw cases of the flu all day on Monday. I am sure the cases are still being confirmed as we speak. My oldest daughter’s class has been hit hard with the sickness, so I am assuming she must have got it from school.
There is no need to panic of course. I just wish I would have took M in when she first had symptoms. As they can give you medicine for the flu if you catch it within the first 48 hours. The medicine will not work if you are confirmed with the flu after 48 hours from when symptoms first started. My girls had developed bronchitis on top of the flu so they were prescribed antibiotics. We are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The last fever was last night around 11:00pm. I am hoping we can make it a full 24-hours with no fevers.
What are the symptoms of the flu? According to BabyCenter.com:
The symptoms of flu in children are remarkably similar to those of a cold and other viral illnesses. So it’s not always easy to tell whether your child has the flu, which is caused by a specific bug: the influenza virus.
If it’s flu season (approximately October to February) and your child has the following symptoms, there’s a good chance that it’s the flu:
The sudden onset of fever, typically 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) or higher
Headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and chills, followed by respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and a dry cough.
If congestion or coughing shows up much before the fever, it’s more likely your child has a cold.
Both girls symptoms showed up with no warning. I thought we could ride it out and I was wrong. If I can suggest, please take your child in as soon as symptoms start. It will be a much easier recovery if you can get the medicine in time.
Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Both girls have not wanted to eat much. I have not pushed the foods, only the liquids. I did not want them to get dehydrated.
Hopefully your family can escape the flu season without catching the virus. My hope is that the season will be a short one and not infect many households this year. I am ready to get the flu bug out of our house for good.