-Keep your sick child at home until at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
-Call the school or daycare to notify that your child has flu symptoms.
-Do not take your child to the mall, grocery store, or any place where he or she might expose others to the flu.
-Do not give aspirin or aspirin-containing products (like Pepto Bismol) to children 18 years of age and younger. This increases the risk of Reye syndrome.
-Children older than 6 months can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) for relief of fever.
-Do not give over-the-counter cold medicines to children younger than 4 years of age. The safest care for flu symptoms in children younger than 2 years of age is using a cool-mist humidifier and a suction bulb to help clear away mucus.
-Your doctor may prescribe a drug called Tamiflu.
Seek Emergency Care If You Child Has:
-Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
-Grunting noises or wheezing
-Bluish skin color
-Not drinking enough fluids
-Not waking up or not interacting
-Being so irritable that he or she not want to be held
-Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
-Fever with a rash
-Dehydration: difficult to awaken, no urination in past 8 hours, dry mouth and lips, no tears when crying