Take Care of a Child With Swine Flu Guide for Mother

Decide whether to keep the child home. It’s ultimately up to you to make the judgment call as to whether your child has the common cold or the flu. Some people think that the difference between a cold and the flu is a fever, but many people who contracted the 2009 H1N1 flu (hereafter referred to by its more popular name, the swine flu) never had a fever. Ideally, you should keep your child home if there is any sneezing, coughing, sore throat, or any of the other symptoms of a common cold. Weigh out whether or not to take your child to a doctor, because most physicians aren’t testing for swine flu.[2][3]

However, be sure to watch for signs of infection and distress. If your child has a history of bronchial or asthmatic conditions, be sure to have your child on controller medication.

The only way you can be reasonably sure your child doesn’t have the swine flu is if he or she got the complete swine flu vaccine, and their immune system has had a chance to protect itself. Children are protected from swine flu starting 10 days after their last required dose. Children over 10 only need one dose, but children under 10 need two, 21 days apart.[4] So if it hasn’t been 10 days after your child’s last required dose, he or she might still have contracted the swine flu.

Isolate your child until the symptoms subside. The most important thing is to make sure your child doesn’t spread the virus. Practice good hygiene, and teach the child to do the same, if they are old enough. Whether the child has the common cold, the seasonal flu, or the swine flu, it’s best to keep the virus contained. Even if the child doesn’t have the swine flu, his or her immune system will be kept busy by the cold or seasonal flu virus, making them more susceptible to the swine flu. That’s why it’s important to limit your child’s contact with people (including you and others in the household)–both for their protection, and that of everyone else.

If you’re especially vulnerable to swine flu, like if you’re pregnant or have a compromised immune system, you should see if you can get someone else to take care of the child. Likewise, it’s especially important to keep the sick child as isolated as possible from young adults and other children (who seem to be particularly vulnerable to swine flu[5]) in the household, or anyone else who is considered especially vulnerable. Even if you get vaccinated immediately, there are still about 10 days before the vaccine kicks in.

Nurse the child to health. The following tips will help your child recover faster:

Give fluids to make sure your child is properly hydrated. These can include tea, broth, diluted fruit juice, or water. Make sure there is nutritional value in some of the liquids
Chicken soup is traditionally considered helpful. For the full benefit, use chicken stock, not “chicken flavored soup”.
Allow your child to rest. Make him or her comfortable, and keep the room quiet enough to allow naps. If your child is awake, offer some calm activities he or she can do in bed, such as coloring or reading.
Monitor your child’s temperature with a home thermometer. Young children have difficulties regulating body temperature, and may require intervention if the fever runs too high. If this happens, give mild fever reducers designed for children. This will help reduce fever and inflammation, and make your child more comfortable. Remember; do not give a child under the age of 19 aspirin or salicylate containing products as this may trigger Reye’s Syndrome.

Get your child immediate medical attention if he or she exhibits any of the following:[2]

fast breathing or trouble breathing
bluish or gray skin color
not drinking enough fluids
severe or persistent vomiting
not waking up or interacting
so irritable that he does not want to be held
flu like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and a worse cough

Get yourself immediate medical attention if you (or any of the adults in the house) exhibit any of the following:[2]

difficulty breathing or chest pain
purple or blue discoloration of the lips
vomiting and inability to keep liquids down
signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate

Shopping Tips for Baby Shower Gift

If you have been invited to a family member or a close friend’s baby shower, you need to keep a few shopping tips in mind to help you find the right gift. And while there is no denying that shopping for baby shower gifts is fun and exciting, you have to be certain you will end up buying something that will suit the occasion. One of these shopping tips is to ask the mom or parents-to-be whether they are expecting a baby girl or boy. You would not want to end up buying a set of powder blue bibs and booties and find out during the party that your friend is expecting a girl. Usually parents-to-be indicate the gender of their baby in the baby shower invitations they send out but if they don’t, you need to give them a call and ask.

Traditional baby gifts: Practical and traditional baby gifts will never go wrong. A baby layette is a popular traditional gift for baby shower. (New baby tends to outgrow 0-3 months size range clothes very quickly, you may choose bigger size of layette for 12-18 months.). Infant toys are another good choice, like rattles, soft dolls, music toys, crib toys, play mats, and play saucer are all perfect baby gifts. Nursery essential furniture is a more expensive traditional baby gift. You may choose crib, changing table, dresser, pocking chair, diaper caddy, toy box, rug, or music play.

Trendy baby gifts: Fashion has toddled into the arena of baby products. Like designer baby clothing. Or you may go “Green”, organic baby products are now found in many baby items, such as clothing, bedding, skin products, and cleaning products. Or Baby Einstein’s CDs and DVDs on baby sign language are really help new baby to communicate with the world as early as 12 months old. The new parents will appreciate these thoughtful gift ideas.

Baby gift with theme: If you want your gift to be eye-catching and give a punch to the party, you may choose or create a unique baby gift to match baby shower theme. Such as baby gift baskets, diaper cakes, or clothes bouquets are all good choices. Usually these baby gifts are filled with baby essentials, very practical, and presented in matching gift boxes, buckets, or beautiful baskets. Don’t forget to check the quality of the product.