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What Are Swine Flu Symptoms?

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Question: What Are Swine Flu Symptoms?
Answer: Swine Flu Symptoms are much like symptoms of seasonal flu and include:
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue

According to the CDC, more people who are sick with the swine flu virus are experiencing vomiting and diarrhea than folks usually do with seasonal flu, so be prepared for that and have plenty of clear fluids on hand. Be aware of the signs of dehydration.

Knowing the Difference Between Flu and Other Illnesses

It can be hard for a parent to tell the difference between flu and a cold or other respiratory illness with children. It's even harder when they're not verbal and can't tell you about how they feel. The best course of action is to see your health care provider immediately so that you can know for sure and get treatment started early.

This is especially true if you suspect this flu (or any other) and your child has another condition or illness that could cause complications. Children under 5 are already at higher risk for complications but something like asthma can also increase the risk. Asthma is difficult to diagnose in a toddler, however, so if you haven't had a formal diagnosis but your child has had episodes of wheezing and respiratory infections be sure to see your health care provider at the first signs of illness.

Swine Flu Symptoms that Require Urgent Medical Attention

If your toddler experiences any of the following symptoms, the CDC advises that you should seek immediate emergency care, even if you have already been to a health care provider and received some form of treatment:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

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