Learn How to Tell the Difference Between the Cold and Flu
It’s that time of year when children become more susceptible to getting sick. But how can you tell if your child has a cold or the flu? Both are due to infections that contaminate the respiratory tract. And both have similar symptoms that can make a child feel miserable.
However, there are differences in symptoms, and severity of symptoms, that could help you determine which illness your child actually has. That information, of course, can help you determine the next step in treating the illness and preventing it from spreading.
General Signs, Symptoms and Occurrences of the Flu
- The flu typically arrives in the fall and winter months – most likely from November through March.
- Flu symptoms typically appear rapidly – within a period as short as 2-4 hours.
- A high fever is usually present with the flu – between 100 and 102 degrees F and can typically last 3 to 4 days.
- The chills are often present in flu victims, occurring in about half of all patients.
- Body and muscle aches are common and may be severe.
- Headaches may be sudden with the flu
- Moderate to severe fatigue and weakness is present with the flu and may last 2-3 weeks.
- Severe chest discomfort is also an indication of the flu.
Some other symptoms are not so discernible from the common cold. These include sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throat. Vomiting and diarrhea are typically unusual symptoms for both colds and the flu.
Not Sure? Call Dr. Hari
If you’re not sure whether your child has the cold or flu, please schedule an appointment today with Dr. Meenakshi Hari of Sun Pediatrics. Dr. Hari is eager to take your call and answer your questions. Don’t wait any longer.