Parents: watch for this new symptom!

We’ve all heard that this year’s flu season has been really dangerous and it keeps getting worse. The CDC reports that over 6% of patients visiting hospitals and emergency clinics are showing flu-like symptoms and the scariest stat: more than 37 kids have died from the flu this year.

So parents are watching out for runny noses, coughs and fevers closer than ever before, but there’s one flu symptom most of us don’t know to look out for because we didn’t know. Brodi Willard, a Nebraska nurse and mom, warns parents to watch for hives after her son was diagnosed with influenza B and that was his only symptom.

Willard shared on Facebook earlier this week that her son came home from school with hives and every time he’d scratch, he’d get more. Nothing seemed to help. “I called his pediatrician,” she wrote. “They said they had two kids come into the office that day with the same symptoms and tested POSITIVE FOR INFLUENZA."

She took her son in and he was diagnosed with influenza B, even though he showed no symptoms other than the hives. Her post has gone viral and many parents have commented that their kids had hives as a flu symptom as well. So be aware of the hives and stay healthy out there.

Source: The Stir


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