Flu Season Arriving Early
Flu Season is arriving early and is off to a rapid start in Tarrant County and Urgent Care for Kids wants to make sure that you have all the information you need in case your family or someone you know encounters the flu. If your child has suddenly developed symptoms such as body aches, fever and chills, cough and possibly a sore throat it is very important to treat these symptoms within the first 48 hours. If your child is seen within the first 48 hours they may be able to be given medicine that will shorten the duration of the flu symptoms if the Doctor feels it is appropriate.
How Can We Help?
Urgent Care for Kids provides a rapid flu test at the clinic that only takes 10 minutes and tests for type A and B. It is very important to be tested within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms in order to have effective treatment. Also remember that Urgent Care co-pay is far less than E.R co-pay and flu testing is almost always covered by insurance.
What is the expected course of the Flu?
- Fever usually lasts 3 to 5 days
- Runny nose, sneezing and sore throat usually last 1 week
- Cough may last 2 to 3 weeks but should gradually improve
Treatment for the Flu
1. Increase your child’s fluid intake. Popsicles and iced drinks may be helpful.
2. Runny nose: bulb suctioning for small children and for older children- making sure they are blowing their nose will help.
- The runny nose is the body’s way of getting rid of the virus (allergy medicines are not recommended)
- Stuffy nose: warm water or saline nose drops can help loosen the mucus
- Children 6 months and older: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can be given for a few days for fever.
- Children under 6 months: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- No child should be given aspirin.
4. Sore Throat, body aches or ear pain:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen can be given for pain.
- Children under 6 months should not be given ibuprofen.
- Children over 2 years of age: Medicines with dextromethorphan (DM) such as Delsym or Robitussin DM may be helpful.
- Most cough medicines are not recommended for children under 2 years old.
Restrictions with the Flu
- Children 6 years old and older may return to school when fever is gone for at least 24 hours and the child is feeling better
- Children 5 years old and under may return to daycare or school when all symptoms are completely resolved (including fever) for 24 hours. This may take another 3 to 7 days.
Urgent Care for Kids is here for your family nights and weekends 7 days a week and is now open in Keller on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-9pm. With our rapid flu test, we will try and make your visit as quick and comfortable as possible. You can also check in online with our web-check in and be seen right away!
For more information about the flu season in our area see the article below: