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FLU OR THE COLD?

Your child is sick. You know that there is an epidemic of the H1N1 virus and it can strike children.

How can you tell whether your coughing, sneezing child has the flu or just a cold?

• FEVER is one clue. The child with flu ALWAYS has a fever, usually over 102 degrees, and it lasts for 3 or 4 days. The child with a cold rarely has a fever.

• HEADACHE, ACHES and PAINS, WEAKNESS, and EXHAUSTION are all prominent symptoms in flu. They tell you without a doubt that your child is sick. These symptoms are absent or mild in a child with a cold.

• RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS like a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and cough occur in both flu and the common cold. A runny/stuffy nose and sneezing occur sometimes in flu but are always present in a cold. The cough can be severe in the flu and is usually accompanied by chest discomfort.

• Vomiting and diarrhea is common in H1N1 flu but almost never seen in a cold.

• The flu usually COMES ON SUDDENLY and QUICKLY. The child is fine one minute becoming listless and feverish the next. Colds have a more leisurely pace: the child complains “My throat is kinda sore.”one day and starts sneezing the next.

• COMPLICATIONS from flu and a cold are very different. The flu can lead to a dangerous pneumonia. A cold rarely leads to complications but can cause ear or sinus pressure.

Because the H1N1 virus targets the young and can be dangerous, and because it should be immediately treated with antiviral medication, it is important to call your child’s doctor the minute you suspect the flu. But try not to call busy doctors about cold symptoms this year, they have enough to do. Use this chart to help you tell the difference between the flu and a cold.

However because some symptoms overlap, IF IN DOUBT ALWAYS CALL THE DOCTOR!

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