Babies in the first six months of life are at the greatest risk of complications from the flu, says Snyder. This is because their immune systems are not fully mature yet, and their very small airway makes it easy for them to experience respiratory distress.
If your infant has a fever, call your doctor and watch for other signs of illness, such as dehydration. "When babies this age don’t feel good, they usually don’t want to drink," she adds. Provide plenty of water to keep an infant hydrated. As a general rule, you do not want to give your baby cold medicines or flu remedies. Check with a medical professional for proper guidance.
Understanding Types of Illness
The Childrens Cold Symptom Translator
Below is your guide to spotting flu symptoms in children.
Infants Younger Than 6 Months
Children 6 Months to 2 Years
Children 2 to 4 Years
Children 4 to 6 Years
Children Older Than 6 Years