Swine Flu Symptoms In Children
Are you wondering how to recognize swine flu symptoms in children? Typically, swine flu symptoms are not very different from seasonal flu symptoms. And the treatments are generally the same. Swine flu refers to influenza in pigs, which is usually not a cause for concern in humans. But the recent international outbreak was a new strain, a mutation of the virus which allowed animal-to-human and human-to-human transmission. Swine flu symptoms usually develop within five days of exposure to the virus. They will continue for about a week, until recovery. Here are some of the symptoms to look for in your child.
- Fever and chills. Children with swine flu symptoms usually have a fever or feel feverish. They may also feel cold or have chills. While fever and chills are not always present, they are common symptoms for swine flu and seasonal influenza.
- Cough and sore throat. Cough and sore throat are also common swine flu symptoms. Additionally, your child may have a runny nose or a stuffy nose.
- Headache and body aches. As with seasonal influenza, headaches can occur with swine flu. Muscle aches and body aches are also common symptoms in children with swine flu.
- Weakness and fatigue. In addition to other symptoms, your child may feel generally weak and tired. Fatigue is a common swine flu symptom in children and adults.
- Diarrhea and vomiting. Swine flu may cause diarrhea and vomiting in some people. This is more common in children than adults.
Like seasonal influenza, the swine flu can be fatal to young children. In addition to the more common flu symptoms, parents should watch for other, more serious symptoms. According to the CDC, the following symptoms are warning signs to seek immediate medical attention.
- Breathing problems. Breathing problems are always a serious warning sign. If your child is breathing quickly or is having trouble breathing (perhaps wheezing or grunting), get medical help immediately.
- Bluish skin color. Does your child have blue or dark-colored lips? Are his or her fingers and toes blue in color? If your child’s skin has a bluish tint, seek medical attention right away.
- Drowsy behavior. Is your child extremely tired, with no energy? Does he or she fail to interact with you? Are you having a hard time arousing your child from sleep? Drowsy, listless behavior is a sign to get medical help.
- Drinking or bathroom problems. Are you having a hard time getting your child to drink enough fluids? Is he or she passing urine at least every six hours? If not, it’s time to see the doctor.