CDC Influenza Information

The symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. A significant number of people also develop diarrhea and vomiting. If your child has flu-like symptoms, please keep him or her at home for seven days or 24 hours after symptoms resolve, unless given other instructions by your pediatrician (kids doctor) or their staff regarding sick child care or newborn care.

Seek emergency medical care if your child becomes ill and experiences any of the following warning signs: .

Fast breathing

Trouble breathing

Bluish or gray skin color

Not drinking enough fluids

Not urinating as much as usual

Severe or persistent vomiting

Not waking up or interacting as usual

Being so irritable that your child does not even want to be held

Fever returns after being absent for a day, or a significant change in fever pattern occurs. For example, it was 101 degrees Fahrenheit for several days and now it is 103 degrees.

Again, seek emergency medical care if your child becomes ill and experiences any of those warning signs.

It is important that your child not be exposed to other children who are sick, and that if your child has a flu-like illness that he or she does not expose other people, in order to keep from spreading illness.

There are some things you can do to keep you and your child healthy:
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Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Put your used tissue into the waste basket.

Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren't available, use alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

If you or your child gets sick with a flu-like illness, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Contact Complete Care for Kids if you are a resident of North Potomac in Montgomery County, MD, including Urbana, Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Frederick or a neighboring area.

CDC Seasonal Flu website