Young children are at a higher risk for flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization since their immune systems are still developing. Influenza — also known as the flu — can be a serious illness.
Symptoms of cold and flu are very similar, and this chart can help you tell them apart. However, it’s important to not assume your child’s illness is mild or just a cold if your child is very ill or exhibits serious symptoms.
If you are concerned about your child’s health, please immediately see your health care provider for a diagnosis and treatment. Your child’s doctor may also want to treat your child with an anti-viral medication if it’s the flu.
It’s important to note that symptoms of a cold or the flu are very similar, especially in children. Both a cold and the flu can cause serious complications in children. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call your child’s doctor, especially if symptoms are serious, progress or linger. Some serious symptoms to look for are: