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What are signs of complication of the flu in a child?

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Alert your pediatrician if your child has a high fever for more than 12 hours. (That’s over 101 degrees in kids who are at least 3 months old -- for younger kids, call the doctor for any fever). Other red flags include signs of dehydration (dry eyes and mouth, peeing very little), unusual breathing (wheezing, panting, or trouble taking a deep breath), or a bluish tint to the lips or face. You should also call the doctor if your child seems “out of it,” or won’t eat or drink.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cold versus Flu,” “Influenza Symptoms,” “Flu Symptoms & Complications,” “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine,” “Children and Flu Antiviral Drugs,” “Flu Treatment.”

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Cold vs. Flu: How to Tell the Difference.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (flu) in children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: “Influenza.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Influenza-Seasonal.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cold versus Flu,” “Influenza Symptoms,” “Flu Symptoms & Complications,” “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine,” “Children and Flu Antiviral Drugs,” “Flu Treatment.”

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Cold vs. Flu: How to Tell the Difference.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (flu) in children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: “Influenza.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Influenza-Seasonal.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 12, 2018

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