Colds and flu

Updated 05 October 2017

You, your kid and flu

The flu season is around the corner and kids are particularly at risk. In fact, research shows that children are 1,5 to 3 times more likely to get the flu than adults.

To make matters worse, flu complications can be life-threatening. What should you, as a parent, know?

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Look out for signs of flu, so that you can act fast. Rapid onset of fever, dry cough, chills, muscle aches and headaches are common symptoms. Younger children tend to have high fevers and may experience stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Certain antiviral medicines can be given to children as young as one year of age. Speak to your doctor about suitable treatment the moment you start noticing symptoms. Remember, flu spreads like wildfire, so it's important to get proper treatment within 12 - 48 hours.

Read more: Watch out for these flu complications


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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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