Does Your Child Have the Flu? Could it Be Just a Cold? What About Seasonal Allergies?

Here at American Family Care – Alpharetta, we created a helpful guide to provide you with the knowledge you know to better understand your child’s condition. 

dandelionOnce flu season has somewhat died down, the early spring can be a tricky time of the year to self-diagnose. Is it allergies? Is it a virus? While some people may not be impacted by allergy season, for many, this time of the year can be absolutely terrible. Although the flu is still prevalent around this time, the changing weather can bring an array of symptoms, which may perplex people, and leave them thinking they have the flu, when in fact, it’s actually allergies.

This guide we created can serve as a useful resource for parents who may be concerned about their child’s health and whether or not what they’re experiencing is a cold, the flu or seasonal allergies. While we hope this can be helpful, in order to get a proper diagnosis, you should bring your child to see a doctor. Here at American Family Care in Alpharetta, GA, our board-certified physicians have the requisite experience needed to diagnose your child and provide them with the care they need.

How can I tell if my child has the flu, a cold or allergies?

Flu

The flu is a miserable experience. It can be especially miserable for a young child, as in addition to fatigue, frequent headaches, and coughing, children are also more prone to developing intense feelings of nausea – which may include vomiting – the chills and even an abnormally high fever. While an adult may have a fever of 101° or 102° while they have the flu, children may have a fever as high as 104°. In any case, immediate care is vital if your child ever has a fever that high, as it could be potentially life-threatening.

While an adult may have a fever of 101° or 102° while they have the flu, children may have a fever as high as 104°. In any case, immediate care is vital if your child ever has a fever that high, as it could be potentially life-threatening. Because of these potentially deadly symptoms, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention asserts it’s never too late for your child to get a flu shot.

The Common Cold

Because both the common cold and flu are both viral infections that impact the body’s sinuses, they have very similar symptoms. While the common cold doesn’t have a vaccine like the flu does, symptoms for the common cold are much milder than flu symptoms. Due to its relatively non-serious nature, some people may mistake their cold symptoms with seasonal allergies.

Regardless, the common cold, while infectious doesn’t present your child with any potential danger. Use your best judgment to determine whether or not you’d like to keep them home from school.

Seasonal Allergies

While seasonal allergies may include cold-like symptoms, such as coughing or a sore throat, the most distinct seasonal allergies include the following symptoms:

  • Itchy eyes, or tearing
  • Runny nose
  • Frequent sneezing

Yet perhaps the most indicative factor in determining if your child suffers from seasonal allergies is if they experience similar symptoms around the same time every year. If this is the case, bring your child to American Family Care in Alpharetta, GA, where we can help diagnose your child’s allergies and provide them with the care they need to make their allergy season a little less annoying.

For more information, call us at 678-205-8155 or simply walk into our center  any day of the week – no appointment necessary!