Many parents confuse a cold with the flu because many of the symptoms are similar. However, they are totally different diseases and we must learn to differentiate them. In both there are symptoms such as headache or fever, but both have some peculiarities that distinguish one from the other. We teach you to differentiate flu from colds based on their symptoms. This is how headaches and fever manifest during colds and flu in children.
Fever and headache are very frequent and common symptoms in many childhood illnesses. They are signs that something is wrong and that our child's body is fighting a threat. But they do not always manifest with the same intensity and regularity. Depending on the headache and fever, we can distinguish a flu from a simple cold. Discover how they manifest in each case.
1. The headache during the cold: In the case of colds, a persistent headache can occur, often related to runny or stuffy nose. In this case, they are mild but very regular pain. They last a long time and are located mainly in the area of the forehead, under the eyes and in the upper teeth or upper jaw. To eliminate a headache, it is best to try to reduce nasal inflammation.
2. The headache during the flu: Headache is a fairly common symptom during the flu process. These are headaches or migraines more intense than in the case of the cold and they are also very persistent. In fact, they can last about a week (which usually lasts about the flu). But in addition, this type of pain will be accompanied by muscle aches and chills, as well as a loss of strength and fatigue or exhaustion.
Fever is perhaps one of the symptoms that most worries parents. And although it is true that it is a natural and necessary mechanism of the body in the face of certain viruses or germs, it is still alarming at times. However, it is not the same for colds as it is for the flu. Learn to differentiate both diseases based on how your child's fever is:
1. Fever during a cold: Many parents wonder if a fever can occur during a cold. The answer is yes. However, it is usually a much lower fever than in the case of the flu. In many cases, it is only a low-grade fever (when the fever does not reach 38ºC).
2. Fever during the flu: The fever during the flu process is higher than in the case of colds. Do not be scared if the thermometer approaches 40ºC. In most cases of flu, children have febrile episodes with very high spikes. Also, the flu appears without warning, suddenly. In these cases, it is best that you try to keep the temperature of his room low, that you do not shelter him and offer him plenty of fluids, since it is during febrile processes when there is the greatest danger of dehydration.
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