So, I am down with a flu…
It started with Hubby bringing the virus home to … our little toddler giving him extra ‘get well’ kisses to… mommy giving her the ‘get well’ cuddles. Now we are all down.
Did you know?
- A person is infectious from two days before to four to six days after they catch a flu. That means if they have recovered from it, the chances are they can still pass it on to you. If they have caught it, it will take them two days till the symptoms start showing up but they can still pass it on to you. That means, you can both come down with the Flu at the same time.
- Also, the virus in kids is far worst than in adults. It can make them much more sick that it makes us, adults, sick.
- The virus moves quickly from smooth plain surfaces like door knobs and table tops than from anywhere else.
- It really helps to keep your hands clean. If we all practiced washing our hands often, we can minimise our falling sick as often too. Oh.. and sneezing into our arms, we need to practice that too.
- A common cold is not the same as a flu. If you have a cold, it may or may not be a flu but if you have a flu, you will definitely have a bad, bad cold.
- You are more likely to catch a flu in winter than in any other season. You are also more likely to get a flu when you are indoors than when you are outdoors in the open.
- Your Flu will go away in 7 days with or without medication.
- The best way to treat a flu is by taking as much rest and as much fluids as possible.
- A young child or baby can dehydrate with flu. The discomfort prevents them from eating and drinking and the frequent motions and vomiting make them loose more water and electrolytes. Always give more fluids and extra electrolytes when baby is suffering with a flu.
- There are antiviral medications vailable for children as young as two weeks old that can help ease the recovery but these should be given withntwo days of catching the flu, for them to work.
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