The flu or influenza is an illness caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system. A 16-month-old toddler can get this virus from others who are infected as it is a contagious disease. Young children can develop complications from the flu that can be moderate to serious according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms can start slowly or abruptly. In most cases, medical intervention is not necessary. Keeping your toddler comfortable and monitoring her symptoms are two ways to help your child recover.
A fever may be recognized as skin flushing of the face, chills, sweating but it can only be confirmed with a thermometer. The Mayo Clinic suggests a temperature of 103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit is possible in children with the flu. A temperature over 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be elevated but a fever isn't always a serious concern. Monitor your child's temperature and provide him plenty of fluids. When the immune system is fighting an infection a fever is often present. Seek medical care if convulsions or seizures accompany the fever.
Coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion or runny nose are all signs of the flu due to the impact the virus has on the respiratory system. A 16-month-old may benefit from saline nasal spray and a bulb syringe to help clear her nasal passages. Warm broth and other fluids will also help thin the mucus draining from the sinuses.
Aches and Pains
Headaches, muscle aches and general body weakness may affect a toddler with the flu states BabyCenter.com. Abdominal pain and cramping are possible and may be accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea.
Mood and Behavior
Your toddler may be irritable, fussy, lethargic and may sleep more than usual. Toddlers may have a reduced appetite due to the general feeling of illness or the pain they are experiencing. Watch for signs of dehydration. Symptoms of this include dry mouth, dry eyes, crying without tears or infrequent urination.