The flu is already a boring and uncomfortable disease for us adults, let alone for our little ones who cannot speak what they are feeling and end up getting irritated by the malaise. When we notice our baby with the flu we are distressed, especially when we are a first-time mother, and we don’t know how to act at that moment.
What to Do with the Flu Baby
The best thing to do when you notice the baby with the flu is to stay calm, as the flu or cold will not cause any major complications other than the discomfort and difficulty the baby will experience due to a stuffy nose.
It is natural for the baby with the flu to be sly, irritated, with a stuffy nose and red eyes , but these symptoms usually disappear in an average of 4 to 7 days, so nothing better than having a lot of patience. One of the mother’s biggest concerns is the appetite that can be affected, just like us adults, when we have the flu, the baby loses some of the hunger, so don’t despair if he isn’t eating as he normally does.
How to Treat Baby Flu
It is good for mom to prepare herself, as she will be a hit on the subject of the flu because children have an average of 7 to 12 times with the flu or cold a year and this will happen until the age of 5, which is when their immune system will be strongest. Usually the flu goes away alone over the days, but some measures can be taken to relieve the baby’s discomfort such as:
- Let the baby sleep with the head higher than the rest of the body. This way your breathing will be a little better, in addition to relieving your stuffy nose.
- Always keep the baby’s nose clean with a nasal aspirator and saline, you can use the dropper or spray.
- If you are more than 6 months old and already drinking juices, offer orange juice which in addition to moisturizing it will help fight the flu as vitamin C is a natural remedy.
In addition to these precautions, bottles, pacifiers and glasses must be sterilized with each use , apart from hand hygiene when touching the baby, which must always be carried out before taking the child. This will help in quick recovery, keeping other viruses and bacteria out of the baby’s reach.
Baby Flu with Cough?
Yes, it is normal for a baby with the flu to cough, because the flu is an infection of the respiratory tract, caused by a variety of viruses and transmitted through droplets of saliva expelled through sneezing and coughing that end up being sucked by people around .
Another means of transmission is through the hands that receive the virus with each cough and sneeze when protecting yourself with your hands, so it is essential to wash your hands thoroughly, especially when picking up a baby or child.
Why Coughing Occurs
As the virus affects the airways, coughing occurs as a way of fighting and eliminating the agents that are attacking. You should only worry and see a pediatrician, if your symptoms persist for more than 5 days , your lungs are full of phlegm and you have a fever above 38 degrees.
With these symptoms it is advisable to visit a pediatrician and if you think an X-ray of the lung is necessary to see the intensity of the phlegm and if something is more serious. If the lung is full, care should be taken with the baby with the flu, because if it is not treated correctly, it can progress to pneumonia and the condition worsens even more.
The ideal treatment for each baby should be advised by the pediatrician after consultation and no medication should be offered without a prescription. In the case of the baby with the flu, the treatment is usually based on saline for hygiene of the nostrils and antipyretic in case of fever.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.