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Every year without fail, cold and flu season makes its way to your child and to you. Some years the symptoms are mild, but some on the other hand can wipe you out. No one likes to be sick but in many cases it is inevitable.

Your Child has caught the nasty bug. Be on the lookout for symptoms like a new runny nose, congestion, or are having any COVID symptoms: fever and cough, headaches, sinus congestion, sore throats, runny nose and loss of taste and smell. Doctors are recommending that it is safest to go ahead and get that COVID test to make sure that you are not dealing with COVID

Your Child has taken a rapid COVID test, and they do not have it.  Now a parent must figure out if their child has the cold or flu virus. The cold and flu viruses have very similar symptoms, and it can be hard to distinguish between them.

Cold Symptoms 

Runny or stuffy nose, Sore throat, Cough, Congestion, Slight Body Aches or Mild Headache, Sneezing, Low-grade Fever, Generally Feeling Unwell.

Flu Symptoms 

Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness).   If you have these symptoms see your doctor because they can prescribe antiviral medications like, Relenza or Tamiflu.

Treatment Possibilities

Reduce fever with age-appropriate Tylenol but stay away from Aspirin. If a fever gets too high, cold baths can help.  If you choose to do so you can dry out your child’s nose with an antihistamine or decongestant.  In most cases you will just need to drink lots of water, get some rest and suffer through the symptoms.  With worsening symptoms, it is always a good idea to contact your healthcare provider.

The big take away:  Try not to get a Cold or flu by: washing hands, utilizing hand sanitizer, wiping down surfaces and avoiding contact with sick individuals.

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