How to Know When a Child’s Flu Turns Serious - The New York Times

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> Signs to watch for in children are persistent high fevers that don’t subside and fevers that abate only to flare up again after the child seems to be over the worst of the illness.

> a persistent or recurrent fever may mean the child has developed a complication such as pneumonia or a dangerous inflammatory response

> Parents should also be on the lookout for sepsis, a life-threatening complication caused by the body’s overwhelming attack against an infection. The condition is characterized by fever or chills, extreme pain or discomfort, clammy or sweaty skin, confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath, and a high heart rate.

> In general, if a child is particularly irritable, is sleeping too much, seems confused, dizzy or not mentally alert, and not acting like his or her usual self, parents should seek medical help. Severe vomiting and seizures are also danger signs.

> For children under 2, parents must be vigilant about making sure their child is getting enough fluids, and watch for urine that becomes dark in color, a sign of dehydration that calls for immediate medical care. Other symptoms to watch for in infants are trouble breathing, inability to eat, significantly fewer wet diapers than normal and crying without producing tears.
february 2018 by mazin_z1
Signs to watch for are persistent high fevers and fevers that flare up again after the child seems to be over the worst of the illness.
flu  diagnosis  children  kids 
february 2018 by tjh
via Health News - The New York Times
february 2018 by bicciolo