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Avoid spreading the flu…

Illness: Please phone if your child is absent!

Be sure to Wash your hands regularly and to use hand sanitizer!

How do I know if my child has influenza?

The usual symptoms for flu are fever (greater than 38°C), chills, headache, muscle and joint aches, extreme fatigue, cough, sore throat and loss of appetite. Children may have different flu symptoms than adults. Flu symptoms can also be different between children because of age and other factors. Children may also experience diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, earaches and red eyes. Sometimes children with the flu will not have a fever. What do I do if my child has influenza?

  • Try to keep your child comfortable.
  • Offer fluids and small, nutritious snacks often
  • Encourage and allow child to get plenty of rest
  • Treat your child’s symptoms, wash hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer.
  • Fever – dress in lightweight clothing, offer cool fluids, give lukewarm sponge or tub baths, give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever in the dose recommended on the package
  • Sore throat – have child gargle with warm water
  • Stuffy nose – use salt water nose drops
  • Keep your child at home from school, sports, social clubs etc. – your child may return to school and other activities when a fever has been absent for at least 24 hours (with no over the counter medications) and the child is feeling well enough to participate in regular activities. A lingering cough is normal.

www. health.gov.on.ca

 

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