Protecting Your Kids Against the Flu

As new or expectant parents, one of the things that probably strikes fear in your heart is the idea of your newborn or infant coming down with a case of the flu. There are a couple different precautions you can—and should—take. Getting vaccinated should be step one. Babies under 6 months are too young to get safely vaccinated, but that’s all the more reason why parents (and other caregivers) need to get vaccinated. By lowering your chances of getting the flu, you’re also lowering the chances of giving it your baby. As soon as an adult caregiver shows the any early symptoms of the flu, that person and potentially contaminated items should be removed from the baby’s care. Good hygiene includes properly covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. You should also regularly wash your hands and heavily trafficked, heavily touched areas of the home.

Once your baby hits 6 months of age, get them vaccinated. Especially if it’s still flu season when 6 months rolls around. Many of the most serious risks about childhood vaccinations have been debunked. The remaining risks are overwhelmingly outweighed by the benefits of getting your kid vaccinated. Otherwise healthy adults should stay away from their kids and others when they get the flu, but when a young child gets the flu, you should head to doctor, urgent care, or ER as soon as possible. Antiviral treatments are available, and while they provide no guarantee, these treatments tend to be most effective when administered within 48 hours of getting the flu.

Looking for more information from a reliable source? Check out this advice from the CDC.