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Health Tip: Ease Your Child's Flu Symptoms


(HealthDay News) -- When a child gets the flu, it usually doesn't require professional medical treatment, but the illness can make your child very uncomfortable.

Here are suggestions on how to ease the flu's misery, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids. To encourage her to drink, offer her frozen fruit drinks prepared in a blender, popsicles or ice chips. Soft fruits, like melon, also will help her replenish fluids.
  • Offer her books, music or a movie to encourage her to lie still and stay in bed.
  • If she complains of soreness or muscle aches, give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but never aspirin.
  • Dress her comfortably in layers that can easily be added or removed as her condition makes her feel hot or cold.
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