Flu in Children
Flu, scientifically known as influenza, is a very common disease. It is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract and is contagious. It starts suddenly and usually manifests itself with high fever. Fever is usually above 38°C. The incubation period is generally 2-3 days. It usually occurs in autumn and winter. This microbe, which is transmitted from sick and carrier people to healthy people through droplet infection, settles in the lungs in a very short time and causes severe conditions.

Although the flu seems to be a non-dangerous disease that children can overcome on their own, it is quite dangerous for children with chronic diseases. Flu is important in the presence of diabetes, asthma, chronic heart disease, lung and kidney disease. Especially children under the age of 2 are more affected.

Viral infections cause a temporary irregularity in the body’s immune system. Therefore, if illnesses such as flu are not treated; Complications such as pneumonia, middle ear infections and sinusitis may occur. If the flu and fever last more than 5 days and the symptoms gradually increase, other diseases should be suspected.

Flu Symptoms in Children;
Sore throat
runny nose
shivering attacks
Back pain
If the disease is just starting, treatment should first start at home. The child’s high fever should be reduced, he should be given rest and should be supported with plenty of fluids. If the symptoms are severe and the fever does not go away, a doctor should be consulted.

The issue to be considered regarding medication is antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections such as flu. There is no benefit in using it. Antibiotics are only needed in case of bacterial complications, that is, sinusitis, middle ear and throat inflammation. Therefore, antibiotics should never be used uncontrolled without consulting a doctor. It is also known that unnecessary use of antibiotics suppresses the body’s natural immunity. Again, painkillers, antipyretics and antihistamines recommended by the doctor help reduce complaints.

To get through the illness period easily and to protect yourself from the disease;

Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should be consumed. Orange and grapefruit juice are especially beneficial.
The living area should be clean and ventilated during the day.
The patient should be in a warm and comfortable environment.
The sick child should be rested and kept away from activities.
In case of weakness, bed rest should be taken.
He/she should consume plenty of fluids and water.
Hands should be washed frequently.
Crowded places should be avoided.
The humidity of the environment should be increased by using humidifiers and water vapor.
Smoking should not be done near a sick child.
The medications prescribed by the doctor should be used regularly.
You can also get a flu vaccine to reduce the risk of getting the flu. The flu vaccine does not cause flu because it contains killed viruses that do not cause infection. It ensures that the body is prepared against the virus threat. These vaccinations should also be given under the supervision of a doctor.