What happens if a baby gets the flu?

Flu may cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Young children also may have vomiting or diarrhea with flu symptoms. It’s important to note that some people with flu may not have a fever.

What happens if a baby catches the flu?

If your baby has any of these signs and symptoms of the flu, call his health care provider right away or take him to see his provider: Being very tired or sleepy (also called fatigue) Cough. Fever (100 F or above), chills or body shakes.

Do most babies survive the flu?

Children only rarely die of flu. But the illness can be much more severe than most parents think. Just under half of the reported child flu deaths — 49% — were in kids with no underlying illness or other risk factor for severe flu. However, 46% of kids who died last flu season were under age 5.

How do I treat my baby’s flu?

Babies with colds and flu need:

  1. cuddles and reassurance.
  2. smaller, more frequent feeds — paediatric (but never adult) nasal drops may help with breathing while your child feeds, but drops should never be used for more than a couple of days without consulting your doctor.
  3. extra sleep.
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When should I take my child to the hospital for the flu?

Children of all ages should be taken to the ER for flu if they experience any of the following emergency warning signs: Have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Become unresponsive. Suffer from excessive vomiting.

Can baby catch Covid from mother?

Current evidence suggests that the chance of a newborn getting COVID-19 from their birth parent is low, especially when the parent takes steps (such as wearing a mask and washing hands) to prevent spread before and during care of the newborn.

Are babies at risk for Covid?

The virus that causes COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate; anyone who’s exposed to SARS-CoV-2 might get sick, including babies and newborns. Parents should do their best to protect all babies from known COVID-19 exposures, and avoid high-risk situations where they may come in contact with people with the virus.

Can babies take Tamiflu?

The FDA expanded its approval today for Tamiflu to include infants under age 1 who have had symptoms of the flu, such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and body aches, for no longer than two days. It is not approved to prevent flu infection in this age group.

How long does the flu last in babies?

If your baby or toddler comes down with the flu, symptoms usually last about a week but can linger for up to two weeks. The associated cough can sometimes last up to four weeks.

How can I help my baby sleep with the flu?

Make Sleep Easier

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Try these tips: Use a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer. They add needed moisture to the air in their bedroom. That helps keep their nasal passages moist, and reduces nighttime coughing and stuffiness.

Will I catch the flu from my child?

Children can catch influenza from siblings, parents, other family members, playmates or caregivers. Germs usually spread in one of 3 ways: Direct contact —such as kissing, touching or holding hands—with an infected person. If you have a virus, you will have germs in your nose, mouth, eyes or on your skin.

Is Flu A or B worse?

Type A influenza is generally considered worse than type B influenza. This is because the symptoms are often more severe in type A influenza than in type B influenza. Type A influenza is more common than type B influenza.

How do I know if my baby has the flu or a cold?

Some serious symptoms to look for are:

  1. High or persistent fever. …
  2. Your baby or child is not feeding/eating, or decreased number of wet diapers.
  3. Your child can’t breathe, or is having fast, labored or noisy breathing from chest.
  4. Your child can’t stop vomiting.
  5. Your child’s lips look blue.