How do you treat a baby with the flu?
Treatments for the flu in babies and toddlers
- Rest. Help your little one get plenty of R&R by letting her nap as often as possible and encouraging lots of quiet activities during the day.
- Fluids. Offer lots of fluids to prevent dehydration from fever and loss of appetite.
- Pain relievers.
- Antiviral medications.
What happens if a baby gets the flu?
Flu may cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Young children also may have vomiting or diarrhea with flu symptoms. It’s important to note that some people with flu may not have a fever.
Can babies survive the flu?
Yes. Babies and children younger than 5 years old—and especially those younger than 2 years old– are more likely than older children to have complications from the flu. Premature babies also are at increased risk of serious complications from flu.
What is the best medicine for flu in babies?
If your baby is at least 2 weeks old, your pediatrician may prescribe the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to prevent or treat the flu. It works best when they take it in the first day or two after they get sick.
How can I help my baby sleep with the flu?
Tips on how to help baby sleep with a cold
- Give them a lift. For a baby sleeping with a cold, use extra pillows to raise their head and shoulders as this will help the congestion drain down.
- Make them a nightcap.
- Breathe easy.
- Avoid night fever.
How can I help my child breathe better at night?
How to treat congestion
- Steam inhalation. A warm, steamy room can help loosen thick mucus and make it easier for a child to breathe.
- Humidifier. A humidifier, especially a cool mist one, keeps the air moist.
- Bulb suction.
- Saline nasal sprays.
- Chicken soup.
- OTC pain relievers.
- Plenty of fluids.
- Changing sleeping position.