Flu Symptoms in Children

Influenza, or what we commonly refer to as the flu, is a highly contagious and viral infection. It attacks the lungs and air passages and produces cough, body ache, and high fever. Generally, winters are when this viral infection is the most rampant, and children are especially susceptible to it. In most cases, children do not remain ill for more than a week with flu, but there can be some exceptions. In case a child falls seriously ill, or the symptoms worsen, it is imperative to seek professional medical health. Visit AFC Urgent Care Worcester for a flu diagnosis from one of our trained professionals. 

If the flu can worsen, chances of pneumonia, lung infection, or even death increase.


Although we call flu a respiratory disease, the truth is that it can affect one’s whole body too. You can find a child falling sick in flu with all the following symptoms:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Cough that worsens in a few days
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches can moderate to severe.

In the severe cases of flu, children can also experience:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

In most cases, again, flu does not last beyond a week or so, but children who have it can continue to feel tired and low on energy for up to three to four weeks. However, you must note that cold and flu are different medical conditions, and while they may share certain similarities, there are distinct symptoms to differentiate the two.

When to Visit a Doctor

If your child falls sick with the flu, you are very vigilant from the time it begins. Monitor your child’s symptoms and visit the doctor right away if you:

  • Note that the symptoms are not improving after days or worsening
  • When your child starts complaining of new symptoms.

How Urgent Care Can Help

In the event your child suffers from any of the above symptoms, you should visit AFC Urgent Care Worcester right away. They will give treatment to the condition your child is currently suffering from and give proper recommendations to help them feel better. If your child is having difficulty breathing, it may be best to visit the emergency room. 

Treatment Options

The treatment a doctor prescribes depends on the child’s age, general health conditions, and symptoms. They also decide upon a treatment course depending on how severe the flu is. Some medications include:

  • Antiviral medicines
  • Cough medicines
  • Acetaminophen

The best at-home treatments you can give your child during flu provide them with plenty of bed rest, providing them more than lots of fluid and hot soups.