Flu Season and Schools

School has started and winter season too! We are all waiting for the first rain and the first snow to build a snowman with our kids. But with school season comes the flu season, an infection that parents, caregivers and schools worry about.

The flu is an acute infection in the airway tract that can sometimes extend to the lungs. It is usually confused with common cold. Kids are at risk of developing complications when they have the flu and can spread it easily to others.

What are the flu symptoms?

-    High fever up to 40⁰C
-    Headaches
-    Cough
-    Nasal discharge
-    Sore throat
-    Tiredness
-    Diarrhea and abdominal pain in younger children
-    Bronchitis

What to do if my child has flu symptoms?

Flu symptoms can last for more than a week. If your child suffers from flu you should follow the below tips:

-    Bed rest
-    Give your child lots of fluids
-    Administer fever treatment to reduce it
-    Add a humidifier to your child bedroom. It will help him to breathe calmly especially at night.
-    Clean your child’s nose from any discharge by using a suction bulb for younger children and encourage older children to blow their nose. Pump saline drops into his nasal tracts to keep them clean.

How to avoid flu?

-    The first way to prevent flu is to get flu vaccine at the beginning of each winter season. It would help to protect against the flu.
-    Boost your child immunity by giving him a healthy diet full of fruits that contain vitamin C.
-    Ask your child to cover his nose and mouth with a tissue when he coughs. Let him throw the tissue after he uses it.
-    Teach your child to wash his hands frequently especially after coughing and before eating with water and soap.
-    Ask your child to keep away from touching his nose and mouth.