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‘Tis the season to be… sick with the cold and flu?
Knock on wood, I don’t recall the last time the flu hit our house. (I’m throwing a hitting and kicking temper tantrum on wood hoping to keep it away this year too!)
Some tips to keep the flu at bay is to get the flu vaccine (our kids get the nasal spray each year to prevent them from having to get an injection); wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects frequently; do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes; cover your mouth; and most of all – stay home if you are sick!
I recently learned quite a bit about the flu virus and you can to by downloading Elizabeth Pantley’s free ebooklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season” (click download ebook at the bottom of that page).
The ebooklet shares great information that I did not know such as: Kids in America missed 38 million days of school in one year because of the flu and that more children go to the hospital because of flu complications than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Additionally, human beings cannot develop immunity to the flu because the virus that causes it is always changing.
It is usually inevitable that the flu hits at some point or another and with that comes miserable babies.
– If your child is 5 years of age or older and does not have any other health complications, seek your doctor if needed.
– If your child is under the age of 5 or has a history of other medical complications, it is best to communicate with your doctor what needs your child may require.
– If your child has fast or trouble breathing; bluish or gray skin color; is not drinking enough (not enough output); severe or persistent vomiting; not waking up or interacting; being so irritable the child does not want to be held; or the flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek immediate medical attention.
– Keep them comfortable.
– Keep them hydrated.
– Keep them home and away from others!
– Get lots of rest.
– Wash hands frequently.
– Clean and disinfect frequently to prevent the spread of germs.
What are your best tips for flu season?