Mum's warning to parents of little-known flu symptom

Krista Thurrott

It's back-to-school time, which means little ones being exposed to the breeding ground of germs that exist at schools and daycares.

No surprises then that it's common for kids to come home with new ailments. But one mum is taking to social media to warn others of unusual flu symptoms after her son was sent home from school with hives.

Brodi Willard is a registered nurse and mum-of-two. When her son, Seb, came home from school covered in hives, Brodi assumed giving him a bath would take care of the rash.

Seb's hives were a sign of something more serious. Photo: Facebook/Brodi Willard

“My son came home from school with hives," she wrote on Facebook. "Every time he would scratch, more would appear. We tried changing his clothes and giving him a bath, but nothing helped. I called his pediatrician. They said they had two kids come into the office that day with the same symptoms and tested positive for influenza."

After taking him to the doctor, Brodi confirmed her son had tested positive for influenza B.

What is most shocking is that besides the hives outbreak, Brodi's son hasn’t had any other flu symptoms. She encouraged others to watch their children and share her post.

“No fever, no cough, and no runny nose," she wrote. "He only has hives. Please keep watch on your children so if they develop hives, please call your pediatrician. I have never heard of this symptom but it is obviously something to be on the lookout for."

Brodi has shared the post to other mums as a warning. Photo: Facebook/Brodi Willard

Her post received more than 230,000 shares and 14,000 comments with many people tagging loved ones in the comments, and others thanking Brodi for sharing and wishing a speedy recovery.

“I hope and pray he gets better soon, and thank you so much for letting us know that way we can share with other friends and family,” wrote one follower.

Facebook has responded to Brodi's post, with many thanking her for passing on the message. Photo: Facebook/Brodi Willard

“My grand daughter had this but had the flu first and hives appeared at the end. Doctor said it was the virus trying to exit her body. Scary stuff!” added another.

Willard told WOWT News her son is now doing much better since visiting the doctor.

“They put him on the Tamiflu, and he’s been fine,” she said. “He’s still playing and running around.”

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