A flu is a disease caused by the virus is highly contagious via the airways. It affects to all people, no matter what age group they are in; however, children is more susceptible to flu than adults. Early recognition of the symptoms such as headaches, high fever, runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, will help the mother get early treatment for the children when they are sick.
What causes babies to catch a flu?
A flu is a respiratory infection caused by one or more than 100 types of virus. The virus occurs inside the nose and on the palate are the common culprit and they have the highest rate of all types of infection.These virus often enter the body through the mouth or nose of the infant from many different ways:
- Air. When someone is coughing, sneezing or talking, they could directly spread the virus to the child.
- Direct contact (hugging, kissing). The flu is spread when someone touches the mouth, the nose on the child’s face or hands. Then baby can become infected if they put the hand into the mouth or rub eyes.
- Contaminated surfaces. Some viruses can live on surfaces or objects from two hours longer. The baby can be infected with the virus by touching contaminated surfaces, such as toys.
The flu’s symptoms
- Nose congestion or runny nose
- Snot becomes thicker and turns yellow or green
- slight fever (about 37,80C)
- Loss of appetite.
- Irritate and sleepless.
- A baby’s immune system will need times to conquer the flu. If the baby catches the flu without complications, you should get your child treatment within 7 to 10 days. In other words, if the child is only more than 2-3 months, visit the doctor when the first signs of the disease appearing since the common cold can quickly develop into severe bronchitis, pneumonia. And if the baby is older, the doctor will suggest outpatient treatment at home.
How to prevent flu from visiting your kids
- Influenza vaccination. According to the experts, flu shot is the best way to help your child avoid the flu. However, many people worry that the injections will make the baby sick or even lead to fatal. After the injection is completed, some children will have a mild flu or a slight fever, but these symptoms do not last more than two days after being vaccinated. If the child catches a flu after vaccination, they seem to be attacked by the virus before the vaccine can generate antibiotics to fight against the virus. Typically, the vaccine will be operated at full capacity in 2 weeks after vaccination. So parents should have their children vaccinated 2 weeks before the flu season.
- Keep your children stay clean. Even when children have been fully immunized, they still need to keep themselves clean. Wash hands often with soap before meals, snack time and play time. Watching how your child wash their hands to make sure that they’re clean enough to ensure the bacteria.
- Tidy the house. Disinfect the house and the toys that are exposed. Constantly rearranging the kitchen and household items, wiping furniture, surfaces that are frequently touched. In addition, fridge handles, microwave handles, or other objects should also be disinfected.
- Get extra Vitamin C. For a high resistance to prevent the flu, mommy should get some vitamin C for the children. Furthermore, Vitamin C can be found in cabbage, juice and fruits such as orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.
- Check temperature. To constantly monitor body temperature for your child, the mother can choose the type of thermometer appropriate for children. Finally, if the signs show as fever, stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, chills, ear pain, loss of appetite, sore throat, swollen glands, etc. Mom should be vigilant to take the kids to the doctor as soon as possible to avoid the bigger risk.
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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