Cold or Flu? How to know the difference

The winter months are cold and flu season… sore throats and coughs are common in kiddos, maybe even a fever. So, as parents, how can we tell the difference when both the cold and flu present similar symptoms?

According to Children’s of Alabama, the flu hits a lot harder than a cold does, and a lot quicker. You can have a high fever, fatigue and body aches and feel very, very tired.

Signs of the flu:
  • Comes on faster and harder
  • High fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the flu shot for everyone over 6 months old. Flu shots can still be administered all the way through the end of the flu season in February or March.
Parents should definitely see a doctor if they’re concerned, however, seeing your pediatrician for a cold isn’t necessary. Most of the time parents can care for their children with plenty of rest, fluids and extra comfort.

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