The flu in children should not be taken lightly. The professional association of paediatricians (BKVJ) in Cologne warns of this, as small and chronically ill children as well as older people have a higher risk of disease.
“If a child under two years of age quickly develops a high fever, breathes unusually quickly, looks dazed and does not want to eat anything, parents should see a pediatrician”, recommends BKJV press spokesman Ulrich Fegeler to all legal guardians In infants and toddlers, influenza is mainly noticeable as an inflammation of the respiratory tract and sometimes breathing difficulties. A sudden feeling of illness combined with nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, high fever and possibly diarrhea are also typical symptoms of the flu in toddlers. Schoolchildren and adolescents also develop it frequently also fever over 39 degrees and severe headache, back pain and aching limbs as well as a dry cough. In Feleger’s opinion, it is also important not to confuse a real flu, also known as influenza, with a common flu-like infection Consult a doctor if necessary ht be. In the case of chronically ill children, vaccination against the flu makes sense and is also recommended by the “Standing Vaccination Commission” at the Robert Koch Institute, according to the press spokesman. These include children with chronic diseases of the respiratory organs such as asthma, chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes, chronic neurological diseases, immune deficiencies such as HIV and chronic cardiovascular, liver and kidney diseases. However, there is no flu vaccine for children under six months of age.