Medicines are available to treat flu. However, these medicines need to be prescribed by a doctor. As most people get better without medicines, doctors mainly use these drugs in people needing hospitalization or at high risk of developing severe flu infections.
The main goal is to make your child feel comfortable by giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen and lots of fluids. If your child is otherwise healthy and the fever does not go away after two to three days, or you think he or she is getting worse, contact your doctor.
In some circumstances, your doctor may prescribe prophylaxis to you or a family member after being exposed to the flu. Patients that may be appropriate for medication to prevent flu include young children (>3 months and <24 months of age), children who cannot receive a vaccination or have a chronic medical condition, or individuals live with people at high risk of complications from the flu due to chronic medical conditions. It is important to remember that receiving a medication to prevent the flu is not a substitute for the flu vaccine.