Most people will get the flu at least once in their lives. When your child has influenza, it is your job to take care of them as their parent. But you also need to make sure that you don’t get the flu yourself. This can be helped by always getting a flu shot.
The following is a list of guidelines that will help you take proper care of your son or daughter when they have the flu.
Consider antiviral drugs.
During the first one or two days that you notice flu symptoms in your child, you may be able to get them drug treatments through their doctor or at an urgent care facility. Antiviral drugs can treat influenza because influenza comes from a virus. You cannot treat influenza with antibiotics and those only treat illnesses that are caused by bacteria. It is best to use antiviral drugs in the first one or two days of the flu, but if your child is at extreme risk for influenza complications, you should get antiviral drugs for them no matter where you are in the influenza timeline.
Have them stay home from school and all activities.
The best way to get rid of the flu is with rest. For this reason, your children should not go to school while they have influenza. Likewise, you’ll likely need to stay home with them. You should both stay home for at least 24 hours or until the flu fever has subsided and your child has a normal temperature. Anyone who has the flu should stay away from the elderly and babies especially.
Make sure that you stay safe from the flu.
Influenza or the flu is extremely contagious, so you’ll need to be extra careful that you don’t catch the flu as your child’s caretaker. To help in this, make sure that you have the proper equipment. You should have antibacterial hand wipes, hand sanitizer and a face mask.
Your child should stay in one room or area of the house so that they don’t spread germs while they have the flu. If you can, allow them to have one bathroom of your home to themselves as well so that you can keep germs there and they don’t spread. When you go into your child’s room, where a face mask. You might even consider wearing gloves. Once you leave, make sure that you wipe down anything that you will be using later with an antibacterial hand wipe, and always use hand sanitizer. Keep tissues or anything else that your child disposes of in a separate bag, and dispose of it immediately.
To help your child feel better, make them clear broth with garlic and ginger. They may want to suck on a popsicle or drink some fizzy water to soothe their throat and stomach. Make sure that they get lots of rest and fluids when they can.