Jan 31, 2014 2:49:39 PM CST - Post By: Children's Health

Sick With the Flu: Know When to Go to the ER
When your child gets the flu, identify the symptoms and match them to our chart to know if, when and where you should seek medical treatment.

My child has the flu, what should I do? If you've ever asked this question, then the following parents’ guide to the flu should prove helpful.

Crucial care for infants 2 months and younger

Special care should be taken for babies 2 months and younger. Halim Hennes, M.D., Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at Children’s Health, says, “if the baby is not eating, is listless, has any fever or difficulty breathing or has a color change, then we need to see them [in the Emergency Department].”

However, if you’re baby does not exhibit any of these symptoms, it may be better to visit your pediatrician or care clinic in order to avoid exposure to contagious diseases that are prevalent in the ER setting. Remember, infants 2 months and younger are at particular risk of catching illnesses from people who are contagious.

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