Swine flu - young child; Influenza - swine - young child; H1N1 - swine - young child
The swine flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and (sometimes) lungs. Your young child will have a fever of 100 °F or higher and a sore throat or a cough. Other symptoms you may notice:
When your child's fever goes down, many of these symptoms should get better.
Your child should drink plenty of fluids.
Your child can eat foods while having a fever, but do not force the child to eat.
Children with the flu usually tolerate bland foods better. A bland diet is made up of foods that are soft, not very spicy, and low in fiber. You may try:
Do NOT bundle up a child with blankets or extra clothes, even if your child has the chills. This may keep their fever from coming down, or make it higher.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) help lower fever in children. Sometimes doctors advise you to use both types of medicine.
A fever does not need to come all the way down to normal. Most children will feel better when the temperature drops by even one degree.
A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help cool a fever.
There are 2 types of swine flu vaccine that will be available. One is given as a shot, the other is sprayed into your child's nose (if they are 2 or older).
Even if your child has had a swine flu-like illness, they should still get the swine flu vaccine.
If enough swine flu vaccine is available, all children 6 months or older should receive the vaccine.
Some children are at more risk for a severe case of a swine flu. It is more important that these children receive the vaccine:
Children may need a second swine flu vaccine around 3 - 4 weeks after receiving the first vaccine.
Anyone who receives this new vaccine still should also receive the seasonal flu vaccine that is released every year. Your child's doctor or nurse will tell you whether your child can receive both vaccines at the same time.
Talk to your child's doctor or go to the emergency room when:
Call 911 if your child has a fever and:
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