CDC Tips for Fighting the Flu:
1. Get vaccinated!
2. Stop germs in their tracks!
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and ears
- Limit contact with sick people
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Disinfect surfaces that could become contaminated daily
Helpful Tips for Helping Your Child Manage the Flu from a Cook's Doctor:
1. Push fluids, fluids, fluids. Healthy kids with flu often get sick and worsen because they get dehydrated. Kids with the flu should have something to drink beside them constantly. Water, Gatorade and Pedialyte are all good options. Watch to see how much they are peeing. They should pee at least every six hours.
2. Treat your child with a fever reducer. Using acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help with not only fever, but also the headache and body aches that come with the flu. Remember the goal is not dropping the number of the temperature, but making your child feel better.
3. Allow your child to rest as much as possible. This is not a time for strict adherence to screen time guidelines. Resting and taking it easy is a big part of getting through the flu.
4. Use a humidifier or steamy bathroom. Steam can help to loosen up the congestion and help your child breathe, it can also help with their cough.
5. If your kids are over 1, given them honey to help coat their throat and prevent coughing.
6. Follow your child’s chronic condition. Children with asthma should be watched closely for signs of wheezing and difficulty breathing. Children with diabetes should have their sugars monitored closely. Children with chronic conditions are more likely to need Tamiflu so call your doctor at the first sign of symptoms if you suspect flu.