Believe it or not, home remedies can be some of the best ways to treat flu symptoms.
A child's flu symptoms might include:
- Dolor de cabeza.
- Dolor de garganta
- Dolores musculares
- Secreción o congestión nasal
- Fiebre o escalofríos de fiebre
It's not always easy to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. But if you think your child is sick with the flu, the two most important ways to help them get better are encourage them to rest and keep them hydrated with lots of fluids.
These kid-friendly flu home remedies may also help your child feel better.
At-home flu remedies for kids
- Try a cool-mist humidifier to soothe a sore throat. Put it close to your child's bed.
- For children older than 1 year, give them a teaspoon of honey at night – before they brush their teeth – to help with a nighttime cough. If they don't like honey plain, you can mix it in warm water. Vea más remedios para la tos en niños.
- Para los niños que son demasiado pequeños para sonarse la nariz, use una pera de succión para eliminar la mucosidad.
- Have your child breathe in moist, warm steam from a shower or bath for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also have your child put their face over a pot of hot water and place a towel over their head. This can loosen mucus and also help calm your child before bed.
- Resist the temptation to give cough and cold medications to your kids. While there are lots of them for sale, experts do not recommend these medicines for young children because they can have serious side effects like increased heart rate or nausea. Learn more about why cough and cold medications are not recommended for young children.
- For children older than 6 months, give them lots of warm fluids. Los líquidos calientes, como el té sin cafeína, el caldo o el agua caliente con limón, aflojan la mucosidad y alivian el dolor de garganta.
When to seek medical care for the flu
Most children with the flu get better with time, rest and plenty of liquids. But there are some important signs that a child might need medical care like if they haven't urinated or had anything to drink in the last 8 hours, or if they've had a fever for more than 3 days.
Some parents also wonder about prescription medicine for the flu, like Tamiflu. Tamiflu is generally recommended when a child can take it within 48 hours of symptoms, or if a child is considered higher risk for serious illness. Learn more about when children should take Tamiflu.
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