Dangerous flu symptoms: How to identify these in your kid
If you spot any of these dangerous symptoms of flu, you must seek prompt medical attention because this respiratory disease can quickly become fatal.
Dangerous flu symptoms depend on the strain
- Type A. This type of virus mostly affects birds and animals. Also, type A flu virus is spread by those already affected and may be always present on the surfaces that they touch. This is a constantly changing virus and epidemics are often due to this particular strain.
- Type B. This causes the flu in most adults and children. Persons affected by type B flu virus may be seen sniffling, and coughing. They may have body aches and high fevers. All of these are dangerous flu symptoms and may indicate that the affected needs immediate medical attention.
- Type C. This is a milder strain of flu. You may not notice the same dangerous flu symptoms if a person is affected by the type C flu virus. This strain is not implicated in epidemics.
Differences between symptoms of flu and cold
What you must know is if your child has a common cold, it will not be accompanied by a serious medical condition.
However, in the case of flu, if symptoms are ignored and your child's health is not carefully monitored, the outcome could very well be fatal.
7 dangerous flu symptoms you must watch out for
Some dangerous flu symptoms can often give away information that your child's condition is rapidly taking a turn for the worst. So it is crucial for every parent to monitor their children closely, especially if they are below the age of five.
Keep an eye out for these dangerous flu symptoms in children:
- Your child is breathing fast or has trouble breathing at all.
- His skin has taken on a bluish hue.
- He refuses to drink liquids, even water.
- He remains inactive and barely speaks with anybody.
- Your baby or toddler is irritable and doesn't want to be held for comfort.
- Symptoms of flu (coughing, sneezing, aches) go down, but fever remains constant and surges in some cases.
- The fever is accompanied by a rash.
If you spot any of these, know that they are dangerous flu symptoms and can lead to other fatal medical problems such as pneumonia and secondary bacterial infections.
The New York Times warns, "Children with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, heart conditions or seizures are also at increased risk for developing influenza-related complications, and the illness can exacerbate their underlying medical problems."
Therefore, parents must always be on the lookout for these symptoms and seek prompt medical support. You must pay even closer attention to babies and toddlers and ensure that all children are getting enough liquids through the day.
In the case of flu, the symptoms can turn fatal within a matter of 48 hours. So we suggest you pay very close attention to your children if you suspect they have the flu.