Four Ways Working Moms Can Protect Their Children During Flu Season

Guest Post contributed by KidzStuff, and the medical staff from Miami Children's Hospital.
Sick Toddler
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As you can see from the photograph above, my daughter is under the weather. She has a cold. Her sickness is a reminder that flu season is upon us.  Let's pray that she get better soon. 

As a working mom, I understand that a sick child can wreak havoc on a schedule. So, the best thing to do is to keep your child healthy. Below is an article about how to protect your child during flu season from the people at KidzStuff. My only regret is that I didn't get these tips before my daughter got sick.

Stay healthy!


Flu Season

Flu season has officially started and although most influenza cases don't begin to pop up till late October, parents should be on the lookout for early signs and symptoms and keep children at home if they think their child is infected.
As the season progresses, here are some basics every parent should know:

1)  Prevention

The best way to prevent your child or baby 6 months or older from getting the flu is to ask his or her doctor about obtaining a vaccine. Advise your child of prevention strategies. Remind children of the importance of not sharing cups and eating utensils with friends, and provide them with portable hand sanitizers. Remind them that one of the most important strategies is washing their hands with soap and water.

2)  What if your child begins showing symptoms?

Contain the illness: If your child has a fever or other symptoms, be sure to keep him or her at home. Take his or her temperature, and keep siblings and other family members separated from the child as much as possible. Be sure to wash your hands after every visit to the child's room, and wash all items the child touches. Keep your child home until he or she has been symptom free for 24 hours.

3)  Manage symptoms

If your child's fever is high, work to control it through use of medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naprosyn (ask your physician to choose which is best). After administering the proper dose for age and weight, you may provide baths at room temperature and cool compresses. Offer oral hydrating solutions such as Pedialyte if the child is vomiting. It is important to offer frequent small meals and avoid over bundling a feverish child.
Also, make sure that your children have healthy habits such as properly covering their mouths when they sneeze and attempting to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouths if it is not necessary.

4)  When to see a doctor

Be sure to see your doctor right away if the fever persists for more than three days or in the event of frequent night awakenings due to headaches or vomiting. Remember, you know your child better than anyone, so if you are worried, visit your doctor immediately.
By following the above steps, along with other flu prevention tactics, you will be able to make this flu season a lot easier on yourselves.
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