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What do I do if my toddler gets swine flu?

The first step in treating swine flu in toddlers is to confirm that your child is, in fact, suffering from a swine flu, or H1N1 infection. The only way to do that is to have your doctor perform a blood test.

Once it’s been confirmed that your child has swine flu, your doctor should be able to advise on treatment, and prescribe a child safe pain and fever medication that will help to keep your child’s fever down.

In general, swine flu is treated much like any other type of flu – plenty of liquids, lots of rest, and careful monitoring of your child’s fever.

If you are concerned, or your child has become very feverish or lethargic, you may need to take our child to the hospital for emergency treatment. This is particularly true if dehydration is a problem, and your child may need an intravenous drip or another specialist medical treatment.
Swine flu is dangerous, but with the proper treatment, your child should recover from it like any other form of flu.

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