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Influenza In Children

In most cases, parents simply treat their children for a cold and do not bother to consult with a pediatrician. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, the symptoms can become more severe and can result in other complications. Every year thousands of people of all ages are hospitalized because of the flu related complications. Smaller children are particularly susceptible.

In smaller children, flu that is not treated in time can lead to croup, barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing. As the condition becomes more severe it can even lead to lung infection or pneumonia. A child’s tiny airways can also get infected making it difficult for them to breathe and causing wheezing.

When To Take Your Child To The Doctor

Influenza can worsen very quickly and it is important to take your child to the doctor right in the initial stages itself. A visit to the emergency room is warranted if your child:
• Is finding it difficult to breathe and gasps for air
• Is coughing so violently that she is choking
• Complaints of severe chest pain
• Seems to be sleepy all the time and is too tired to go out and play
• Is drinking very little fluid