What Are Some Influenza Complications in Children and Teenagers?

Complications in Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers can develop the same flu complications as adults, and children are also at risk for developing Reye's syndrome.
Reye's syndrome is a condition that affects the nerves. It can develop in children and teenagers who are recovering from the flu. Although Reye's syndrome begins with nausea and vomiting, the progressive mental changes (such as confusion or delirium) cause the greatest concern. Reye's syndrome often begins in young people after they take aspirin to get rid of fever or pain. Although very few children develop Reye's syndrome, parents should consult a healthcare provider before giving aspirin or products that contain aspirin to children. Acetaminophen does not seem to be connected with Reye's syndrome.
Other complications of the flu that can affect children are:
  • Convulsions caused by fever
  • Croup
  • Ear infections, such as otitis media.
Newborn babies recently out of intensive care units are particularly vulnerable to suffering from flu complications.
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