Toddler flu is a real pain in the neck (and everywhere else for that matter!). The constant whining and runny nose are enough to drive any parent insane. However, it turns out that we may have been underestimating just how long toddler flu can last. In this article, we'll be taking a closer look at the duration of toddler flu and what you can do to minimize its impact on your little one.
What Is Toddler Flu?
Before we dive into how long toddler flu lasts, let's briefly discuss what it actually is. Toddler flu refers to influenza in children between six months and five years old. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, body aches, vomiting(urgh), diarrhea (double urgh) and general misery.
How Long Does It Last?
Now onto everyone’s favorite topic - time! According to recent studies(yay science!), the average duration of toddler flu ranges from three days up to two weeks(maximum point). Yes folks 2 FREAKING WEEKS, get ready for some serious house arrest!It all depends on how severe the virus is though because if this thing really takes hold then buckle up cowboy - it could stick around for longer than you'd like...
3 Day Kinda 'Not-Too-Bad' Scenario
On an optimistic note however,it looks our best case scenario sitts at only 3 days so let's hope your little trooper falls into this category!(good vibes all round)Fingers crossed
Omigod Were Killing Time Here With This Whole Week Situation
If your child’s symptoms don't start improving after seven days then it looks like y’all will be bunkering down together(oh joy)for quite sometime yet as according to these statistics they’re more likely be stuck with it for up to two weeks. Which could be pretty miserable but hey, that’s the flu! (Do you need a sarcastic exclamation mark here? Just let me know!)
Tough Luck or A Strong Virus?
Of course, every child is different and some may experience shorter or longer durations than others...just their luck huh?! Factors such as age, overall health(babies oh babies), nutrition (where does it go) level of physical activity( yeah they’re all super active) can contribute to the duration of toddler flu.
What Can You Do About It?
So we've established that toddler flu can last anywhere from three days up to two weeks(maximum point) - now what? Here are some steps you can take to help minimize the impact on your little one:
Making sure they eat nutritious food(greens greens more greens) which will give them essential vitamins and minerals needed for their body fight off infection.The kind of comfort food usually given like ice cream etc should probably stay away from if thats alright plus hydration should definately be key by encouraging lots fluids.( Goodbye Red Bulls)
Take Them To The Doctor If Need Be!
If their fever persists or reoccurs after 72 hours then assess this sht because I’m telling you right now,the best person who can tell how bad it really is and offer the correct treatment plan would definitely bee seen in a medical practitioner.And no praying won’t work(thankfully).
Ibuprofen Is Key!
When dealing with toddler flu another proven method(still yay science!)is giving them an appropriate dose ibuprofen just don't over do it(as tempting as it might seem when your sanity's shaken).It helps not only reduce fever but also inflammation so basically aids alot in combatting any discomfort caused .
Wrapping Up-Tips And Tricks
Toddler flu is not a joke and can inflict on your little one with some severe symptoms that wouldn't look nice.This harsh flu most times take out the toughest of us and leave parents desparate to assist their young-ins.So keep these helpful tips in mind when hit with this terrible virus, it might just make things go a little less stressful.
Tips Recap( Bullet Points)
- Toddler flu can last from three days up to two weeks(max point).
- If symptoms persist for more than 72 hours(so obviousssss), consult someone who knows something: Aka Doctor
- Encourage fluids rather than fever reducers although Ibuprofen is excellant relief because God Knows You Need It.
- Nutritious food is encouraged as being beneficial for fight off infection so dish up those greens.
Let's face it folks, toddler flu isn't fun but you've got what it takes now-Good luck(CAUSE YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY NEED IT)!