Most parents dread when their young child or baby gets sick and with good reason. Toddlers and infants can’t tell you how they feel, whether their throat hurts or their tummy is upset. Their only recourse is to show you how they feel through their actions.
Unfortunately this young age group is also at a higher risk for complications from the Swine Flu (N1H1) because their immune systems are immature and not able to cope with the onslaught of the virus. If you notice these symptoms in your child notify your doctor as soon as possible or take the child to an urgent care service.
Lethargic and unreactive
Many parents become concerned when the child’s temperature goes above 100 degrees. However how the child is acting is more important than any number on the thermometer. Young children seem to be able to cope with a high fever better than adults. A temperature of 104 may be serious in an adult but manageable in a child.
Children sleep longer when they’re ill if their symptoms allow them to. If a child is sleeping much longer, is difficult to wake up, and seems groggy, that may be a warning sign.
Dehydration is serious in infants and children. Symptoms include sunken eyes, dry mouth, decrease in wet diapers and lethargy. At this point it is important that children get fluids as quickly as possible. It may not be possible for the child to consume enough fast enough to re-hydrate themselves. That may mean intravenous fluids administered in a hospital.
Don’t panic but watch children closely when they’re ill with the Swine Flu (N1H1) or any time they’re sick.