With the onset of autumn cold, all kinds of viruses that cause the flu are activated. You can pick it up anywhere – in transport, at school, kindergarten and even in the elevator, next to a sick person. That is why it is very important during the period of the epidemic to have as little contact with a large mass of people as possible, walk in parks, squares, and for the time being cancel entertainment events.
Perhaps the most difficult part of the flu in children is the high temperature, which literally exhausts the body. It is painful to look at the child – just yesterday he laughed and frolicked, and today he is sluggish, refuses to eat, drink, is capricious. And the temperature stubbornly does not want to subside, and if it falls off by a few tenths of a degree, then literally by an hour, and then rises again.
What is the temperature of the flu in children?
The strain of influenza, which caught the child, as well as the ability of the child’s body to resist infection, affect the temperature during the period of illness. Usually, it is very high – 39-40 ° С, and sometimes even exceeds the critical level.
If the mother does not cope with such large numbers, the temperature does not subside, the child refuses to drink, then treatment at home is extremely undesirable. It is better if the baby is under the supervision of doctors who will not allow the critical situation.
In some cases, the temperature does not rise too much and is at the level of 38-39 ° C. Even if the baby is sick in the midst of an epidemic, it is not necessarily the flu. The diagnosis can only be made by a doctor, and even then not in absentia, but on the basis of tests.
Most concerned parents worry about how many days the temperature of the flu is kept in children. This question cannot be answered unambiguously, since the duration of the disease in the acute phase depends on many components.
This is the general condition of the body of the patient, and its ability to fight a viral infection, the presence or absence of bed rest (important for adolescents), a type of influenza virus (strain), adequate or inappropriate treatment, and child care during the illness.
In addition, the duration of the period with elevated temperature depends on the presence of complications such as pneumonia, otitis, and other disorders. That is, in total, with severe flu with complications, the time when the child has a high fever may take even two weeks.
On average, the duration of the disease is 5-7 days. That is, the high temperature of the flu in children lasts as long as the body needs to overcome the virus. It is reduced by the fifth or seventh day, but only if it is properly cured and that the prescription of the attending physician is observed.
When parents know how many days the child feels the flu, and this limit has already been exceeded, that is, the disease is not going to pass, most likely a secondary infection connected to the main viral disease, which is caused by bacteria.
To suspect a complication of the flu can be in the course of the child’s illness. If the temperature gradually began to decrease, after the acute stage of the disease, and then jumped again to a critical point, then a doctor’s consultation is urgently needed – most likely pneumonia, which occurs most often, or another complication, began.
In addition to the high temperature, the mother should be alerted by increased coughing, wheezing when breathing, complaints of pain in the back and chest. The sooner treatment of complications from the flu is started, the better the prognosis for recovery. And if the flu virus infection is not treated with antibiotics, then with bacterial infection they will already be required.