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With the arrival of fall, we will talk again about the importance of managing the flu properly. From our site we want to provide you with ten tips so that you can reasonably face this disease.
This is how you can prepare your child for the seasonal flu.
- No antibiotics, thanks. The flu is a viral infection. I know you know that well enough, but just in case I remind you again: Viruses don't die with antibiotics. Only if your pediatrician confirms or firmly believes that there is a bacterial superinfection will they guide you.
- If your child belongs to any of the risk groups, vaccinate him. It's the best you can do for him. Risk groups are patients with: chronic respiratory diseases, serious cardiovascular diseases, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic kidney diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, immunodeficiencies, oncological diseases, serious hematological diseases, chronic neuromuscular disease, malnutrition, morbid obesity, prematurity, syndrome Down and patients receiving chronic treatment with acetylsalicylic acid. In turn, risk situations are considered: children 6 months-5 years under the supervision of the administration, pregnant adolescents and living with people at risk.
- The flu, like colds, is transmitted through respiratory droplets that we emit when coughing, sneezing, etc. Also, through the hands. For this reason, you should teach your child that when he coughs or sneezes, he should put his elbow (not his hand).
- There is no syrup that is very effective for coughing. Sorry, but that's the way it is. One tip: honey has a small antitussive effect. You can lightly sweeten a glass of warm milk before putting your child to bed. Of course: do not expect any miracle.
- Similarly, syrups to dissolve mucus have not scientifically proven efficacy. If your child has a stuffy nose with mucus, the best thing you can do is clear his nasal passage with a physiological saline or sea water.
- You don't have to sweat the flu. That is: do not over clothe your child if he has a flu picture.
- When you have the flu, it is normal for your appetite to go down, and you don't feel like eating a lot. That is, do not force your child's intake. In addition, having a swollen throat, swallowing will hurt a bit. We advise you to ask him what he likes, and respect his preferences until something better is found.
- In feverish pictures, fluids are lost. Don't forget to offer your little one water periodically.
- When can you go back to school? Your child will stop being contagious when he has been fever-free for at least 24 full hours.
- When do you have to go to the emergency room of a hospital? If your child has a conspicuous general malaise, manifests shortness of breath, or vomits incessantly, you should get him to assess him fairly quickly. Remember that the flu always causes a high fever (39-39.5º), and that the magnitude of the temperature in this case is not a synonym for severity.
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