Your Children – Flu Timeline

  • 1 - 3 days

    Your child will develop symptoms like sore throat, fever and muscle ache and will feel very unwell.

    In most cases, your child will not need to see the doctor as most cases of flu can be treated at home.  Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids to replace those lost from sweating. Your child also needs lots of rest and healthy food.

    Children who are at risk of the complications of flu may need to see a doctor as they may need special antiviral medicines. These work best if started within 48 hours of flu symptoms.

  • 3 - 5 days

    Your child’s symptoms are now at their peak and your child will feel at their worst. Continue to make sure that your child drinks plenty of liquids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. Your child still needs plenty of rest and to eat healthily.
  • 5 - 8 days

    At this stage, your child should start to feel much better although a cough and general tiredness may last for two to three weeks.