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How to protect your baby from swine flu?

How to protect your baby from swine flu

 

Every year, there’s one particular period when you see everybody around  you coughing, leaving offices slightly more vacant than usual days because people are down with a flu. Invariably, somebody from your family ends up bringing the flu home, which eventually spreads to almost everybody living in the house.

Even though adults are slightly better off at handling fevers and colds, yet, when it comes  to children, one always has to be two levels more cautious than they are. Seasonal flu although contagious, it isn’t a threat. But some influenza viruses not only are infectious, but they also pose as threats especially for very young children.

Now you must be wondering as to what makes us say this.

Well, monsoon has ended long back, but the city still witnessed a lot of unexpected downpours. And flu has always been a monsoon friendly virus. So apart from the simple flu, there are other influenza viruses with slightly different structural built.

Swine flu is one of these influenzas and one of the most troublesome for both adults and children. For those with a very delicate immune system, such as infants and very young kids, it is even more painful. The symptoms usually start like normal cold, cough, and fever. But it shoots up to much more, even to pneumonia in children.

So, the first thing that you want to do when your child is crying with a cold is to call your doctor. Here we share some tips to protect your baby from swine flu.

vaccinated for H1N1

So, the first thing that you want to do when your child is crying with a cold is to call your doctor. Here we share some tips to protect your baby from swine flu.

  • Speak to your doctor
  • Follow the recommended procedures to reduce the risk of transmission of infection.
  • Avoid taking your child in large crowds.
  • Avoid direct contact with individuals who are unwell.
  • Get your children vaccinated for H1N1 (important).
  • Keep your baby’s nasal area clean.
  • Maintain proper sanitisation and hygiene.
  • Clean and sanitise your child’s essentials.
  • If you’re still feeding, then eat more vitamins. Vitamins A and C help to keep your child safe from any viral attacks.
  • Load your meals with food rich in zinc. Zinc is an essential nutrient that boosts your child’s immunity and keeps all seasonal viruses away.

If your child has H1N1 or even regular flu:

  • It is essential that you cover your mouth and nose with a face mask or tissues when you cough and sneeze, and do not reuse it.
  • Wash your hands with lots of water and soap after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth too much as germs spread very quickly.
  • Keep your child at a distance from people who have the flu.

Happy children make for happy families. And their happiness only comes through when they are healthy. So, take care of yourself and protect your children from the contagious diseases that are all around you!

About the hospital

Ankura Hospitals is a chain of super-specialty hospitals for women and children in the cyber city of Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.

 

 

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