The flu can take a real toll on kids, and parents want to do everything they can to help them feel better. At Annandale Pediatrics, a team of skilled professionals is standing by to assist families from in and around Annandale, Virginia, in navigating the flu and helping your child feel better as soon as possible. If your child is struggling with flu symptoms, call the office to schedule your visit, or use the easy online booking tool.
Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system. The flu can affect people of all ages and can be particularly tough on kids. It is also highly contagious, and can quickly spread in classrooms or in daycare facilities.
The flu attacks your nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, and some kids have more severe symptoms than others. Even two kids within the same family who get the same strain of flu can have completely different symptoms.
Knowing what to look for can help you determine when to seek medical care for your child. Some of the symptoms of the flu include:
Many of these conditions are also symptoms of the common cold. In most cases, the flu will present more severe symptoms than a cold. If your little one is struggling with these symptoms, schedule an appointment right away to explore antiviral treatment or ways to soothe their symptoms as they recover.
The best way to protect against a flu infection is to bring your child in for a flu vaccine every year. While the flu vaccine is not 100% effective, it provides a high degree of protection and can keep your family safe during flu season, when cases are more common.
You should also teach your child to wash their hands properly, using soap, warm water, and plenty of sustained friction. Teach them how to sneeze into a tissue or the crook of their elbow. You can also reduce the risk of catching the flu by avoiding crowds, which is easier said than done during the school year or for kids who are in daycare.
Sick kids are often miserable, and caring for your little one when they are feeling ill also places a great deal of stress on parents. Don’t wait until symptoms become unbearable to seek medical care. Call Annandale Pediatrics to schedule a visit, or use the online booking tool to find an appointment that fits your schedule.