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Cold and Flu Center

Flu Symptoms in a 16 Month Old

author image Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000. She has consulted in various settings and taught courses focused on psychology. Her work has been published by ParentDish, Atkins and other clients. Harding holds a Master of Science in psychology from Capella University and is completing several certificates through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.

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.

Respiratory Symptoms

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 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.

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