Symptoms of flu (influenza or gripe): Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and can occur in epidemic proportions during the winter. Influenza is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the throat and bronchi, chilling, stuffy head, dizziness, sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, coughing, achiness(neuritis),and sore throat.
Although the illness usually runs its course in
three to four days, complication such a encephalitis, pneumonia, croup,
or seizures can occur. If your child develops a very high fever,
if she has a seizure, or if you notice any changes in her level of consciousness
or mental function, seek medical advice immediately. These may be
signs that she is developing encephalitis.
Catnip: wonderful and safe for bringing down a child's fever that tends to linger, use 1 tablespoon of Catnip to one quart of near-boiling water. Make as a tea and strain. Cool to tepid and use in enema, if child will not drink. (Combine with ginger to enhance the effects of catnip.) Catnip enema is also good for expelling worms and treating colic where other remedies have failed.