Does My Child Have the Flu? What About a Cold? Or Do They Have Allergies?

Here at American Family Care – Buckhead, we answer these questions to help you better understand what your child’s experiencing.

dandelionRejoice; flu season is almost over, folks. While it may not officially end until mid-spring, most cases are behind us by this point in the year. Unfortunately, the end of flu season means it’s the start of allergy season. For some people, this is worse, as at least for the flu, you can get a vaccine, which will virtually eliminate your chances of contracting the flu. But if you have allergies, you’re stuck with them.

For parents, these early spring months can be a troubling time, as it may be difficult to determine whether or not their children are sick or they just simply have allergies. Fortunately, we created this guide to help parents better determine what’s going on with their child. While we don’t recommend self-diagnosing, as it’s always best to consult a professional medical provider, the below information can help lead you to the correct path in determining your child’s condition.


The flu is the absolute worst. The 4 to 5 days while you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms are terrible. If your child’s too sick to even watch TV, they may very well have the flu. It’s hard to fake sick when you’re experiencing these symptoms:

  • High fever – children may experience up to a 104° temperature. If this is the case, go right to the ER
  • Nausea – while adults with the flu may not even experience nausea, children are more susceptible to this symptom, as they may even vomit
  • The “chills” – it may be room temperature, but your child could be bundled up, which is likely a direct result of their fever
  • Extreme fatigue – your child will sleep an abnormally high amount while they have the flu
  • Muscle soreness – if your child complains about feeling sore or experiencing muscle aches, this is one of the flu’s most common symptoms

American Family Care can help diagnose and treat the flu. Our urgent care staff has the emergency room experience to treat this potentially deadly illness. While many downplay its severity, the flu can be extremely serious.

The Common Cold

The common cold, while a virus, like the flu, is considerably less severe than the flu. The average person experiences up to 4 colds per year. It’s normal for Children, on the other hand, to experience even 12 colds per year, roughly equivalent to once a month.

While the common cold shares flu-like symptoms, like coughing, sneezing and sore throats, you’ll notice that your child’s energy level may be marginally lower than normal, but it’s nothing to be concerned about.

Seasonal Allergies

Now that the temperatures are rising outside, plants and flowers are beginning to bloom, which means they’re also releasing pollen. Pollen can accumulate in nearly everything: trees, weeds, grass, etc… If you live near a golf course, Bermuda grass is one of pollen’s biggest triggers, which due to these course’s constant landscaping, they help spread these tiny grains for miles around.

Unlike the flu, there’s no vaccine for seasonal allergies, but, fortunately, their symptoms aren’t very serious. These symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery Eyes

Fortunately, we here at American Family Care – Buckhead in Atlanta, GA help provide allergy treatment 7 days a week on a walk-in basis. We can help diagnose your allergy and prescribe you medications that will help alleviate your symptoms.

Call us at 404.355.8775 or visit us any day of the week – no appointment necessary! We look forward to helping you enjoy your spring a little more!