DD has the flu--now what?

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Posted 2/4/2013 by Anna in TX in NSBR Board
 

Anna in TX
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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:33:14 AM
So DD tested positive for the flu this AM. She is 3.5. All 3 of us did get the flu shot.

This may be a stupid question-forgive me I'm PUI of pain meds for a root canal this afternoon--but what do we need to do (other than handwashing of course) to make sure we adults don't get it??

TIA!!!



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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:36:01 AM
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm


How Flu Spreads

Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

(To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.)

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some persons can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:37:42 AM
didn't the doctor give you this information? Hand washing is key, as is using your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 10:39:21 AM
Did the doctor start the family on prophylactic Tamiflu?

Rest and good nutrition besides the handwashing are the best advice I can give. Keep her away from others unless she absolutely has to leave the house to prevent spread. She could wear a mask if she HAS to leave the house since influenza is spread through droplets (via coughing/sneezing)


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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:09:26 AM
Our doctor doesn't do prophylactic Tamiflu, because he says that in low-risk people, it's just not necessary, and its side effects are irksome.

When we had it, my daughter mostly wanted to be left alone to rest, but the truth is, with kids, you're up in their space and if you're going to be exposed, then you're going to be exposed, not much you can really do but wash hands and hope for the best.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:16:44 AM
My 7yo DS came down with is Friday night with a high fever. I took him in Saturday thinking it was a ear infection, but no, flu! The doctor put him on Tamiflu and gave the entire family a prescription to start taking to keep from getting it.

DS was feeling a lot better by Sunday! We all had the flu shot and I really think between that and the Tamiflu, it saved us.

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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:01:16 PM
I hope she feels better soon. And all of you stay healthy.


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Anna in TX
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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:13:46 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm not an idiot, I know about handwashing etc. But I didn't go to the doctor with her, her daddy did. I was in the process of getting a root canal.

I appreciate the link to the CDC. I wasn't able to find that info this AM when I was frantically looking and getting ready to go.

DD is on tamiflu and DH is going to his doc today to see what they say and if they'll give him some tamiflu.

Again, thank you!!

ETA: sorry to sound bitchy--someone responded to this post and then deleted it; I saw it in my email and that did influence my tone a bit. I do appreciate the advice and information.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 7:43:40 PM

ETA: sorry to sound bitchy--someone responded to this post and then deleted it; I saw it in my email and that did influence my tone a bit. I do appreciate the advice and information.


Maybe they realized that their response was rude and deleted it.

Anna in TX
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Posted: 2/4/2013 8:19:16 PM
I'm guessing so--I just saw it in my email and didn't see who had written it and clicked over to the thread to read responses.

Doesn't matter--I really do appreciate the advice and CDC info.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:53:25 PM
DH got the flu about 3 weeks ago and by following the advice on the CDC website DS and I were able to avoid catching it.

It would be much more difficult with a 3 1/2 year old child-we stayed 6 feet away from DH.

It's also important to remember to wash your hands correctly. Sing the ABC song while you are washing (I used to quit by the letter J) and remember to wash in between your fingers. My hands became so dry those two weeks!

OP, I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery for both you (from your root canal) and your DD.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 1:54:38 PM
When my 10 yr old dd got the flu last month I gave my family a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum. It's a great preventative with no side effects. I'm happy to report that none of us got the flu.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:10:13 PM
When someone in my house gets sick I use zone defense--this is the 'sick person' bathroom/chair/room/etc. DH makes fun of me and (jokingly) says I'm mean for not taking care of my kids. But they are much older than yours, think it's funny, and in the long run appreciate that I stay healthy. DH ignores my strategy and always ends up sick. At which point my kids REALLY appreciate that I didn't. (I TOTALLY take care of them, but won't hug/kiss/snuggle. I'll pat their hand or forehead then immediately go wash my hands.)

This used to work like a charm. Then we got a dog. She is now a major germ spreader!!

I'd probably wear a mask with a 3 1/2 year old. It seems like that's old enough not to be bothered by a mask, but young enough to still need more hands-on care. It's been awhile though so maybe that's still young enough yo be freaked out if you wore one.


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