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The Miserable Cough

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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The Miserable Cough

For the first time in her life, your child is too wiped out to play. She's got a weak, hoarse cough, as well as a high fever, muscle aches, and sniffles.

What's probably causing it: Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, a viral illness that attacks the respiratory system. The flu has a long incubation period in kids, so they can walk around with the virus for days before they get sick, sharing it with friends and family. "It's spread through little droplets, so when a classmate sneezes just once, the flu virus flies across the room," says Dr. Lonzer.

How to help: Give her plenty of fluids, as well as either acetaminophen or, in children older than 6 months, ibuprofen with food or milk to bring down her fever and relieve aches. Next year, be sure she gets the flu vaccine.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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PookaboosMom
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM
You're on a coughing spree huh? Lol
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charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Apr. 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

 TFS

mamivon2
by Sandra on Apr. 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

TFS

wandep
by Pam on Apr. 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Thanks.

Godspitgrl
by Nychole on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Interesting
othermom
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

great info

thehickinhickor
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM
mine will not be getting the flu shot ever
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