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What are home remedies that can help in treating flu in children?

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Along with any medicine your doctor prescribes, here are some home remedies that also may help your child:

  • Layers of clothes to remove as needed for chills and fever
  • Lots of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Plenty of rest
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with aches and bring down fever. Never give aspirin to children (it may lead to Reye’s syndrome).

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

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