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Flu in Children (Childhood Influenza) Topic Guide

Flu in Children (Childhood Influenza) Flu in Children (Childhood Influenza): Children may become infected with influenza by inhaling infected droplets in the air or if they come in contact with secretions from an infected person. Symptoms in children include a high-grade fever up to 104 F, chills, headaches, sore throat, cough, and muscle aches. Treatment of flu in children involves rest, increased fluid intake, treating fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, using a humidifier, and using a rubber suction bulb to remove nasal secretions in younger children.

Flu in Children (Childhood Influenza) Topic Guide - Visuals

Flu in Children (Childhood Influenza) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

oseltamivir Oseltamivir

Oseltamivir is an antiviral medication that blocks the actions of influenza virus types A and B in your body...learn more »

zanamivir Zanamivir

Zanamivir is an antiviral medication. It blocks the actions of viruses in your body...learn more »

rimantadine Rimantadine

Rimantadine is an antiviral medication. It blocks the actions of viruses in your body...learn more »

amantadine Amantadine

Amantadine is an antiviral medicine that blocks the actions of viruses in your body...learn more »

acetaminophen (oral/rectal) Acetaminophen (oral/rectal)

There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet...learn more »

ibuprofen Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »