Doctors are urging parents to be on the lookout for warning signs that a case of swine flu has become life-threatening. Swine flu has probably infected hundreds of thousands of youngsters nationwide. Deaths among children are rare, but at least 76 American children have died since April. Last week alone, there were 19 new reports of children who died.
Many experts say the H1N1 virus does not appear to be more dangerous than other flu strains, but kids have been catching it more easily than seasonal flu.
Authorities urge parents to seek immediate help if emergency warning signs develop. In children, these are:
Parents should also seek medical help if flu symptoms develop in children most vulnerable to flu complications: