Can babies be around someone with the flu?
Your baby can get infected with the flu if she breathes the virus in or if she touches something (like a toy) that has the flu virus on it and then touches her nose, eyes or mouth. People with the flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before they get sick up to 5 to 7 days after.
How do I protect my baby from a sick sibling?
Keep frequently-played-with toys out of baby’s reach and clean them at the end of the day with a sanitizing wipe or in the dishwasher. Also make sure the older sibling doesn’t handle things like the baby’s bottle, pacifier or teether. How to cough and sneeze: Teach your child to cough or sneeze into his or her elbow.
How can I protect my infant from the flu?
7 Ways to Protect Your Baby From Cold and Flu
- Insist Visitors Wash Their Hands. Jamie Grill / Blend Images / Getty Images. …
- Use Hand Sanitizer. …
- Ensure All Caregivers Are Vaccinated. …
- Stay Away From Sick People. …
- Breastfeed If Possible. …
- Avoid Public Places for Awhile. …
- Know When to Call the Pediatrician.
Can you breastfeed if you have flu?
Yes. When an infant has flu, the mother should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk to her infant. Infants who are ill need fluids to stay hydrated and breast milk is the best option.
How long is the flu contagious?
Period of Contagiousness
People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
Do newborns get sick easily?
First, infants do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are more susceptible to infectious illnesses. Also, when a newborn gets an infection, the illness is often more serious than when an adult or older child gets the same infection.
How do I know if my baby has an infection?
Call your child’s doctor or seek emergency medical care if your new baby shows any of these possible signs of infection:
- poor feeding.
- breathing difficulty.
- decreased or elevated temperature.
- unusual skin rash or change in skin color.
- persistent crying.
- unusual irritability.
How long does the flu last in babies?
If your baby or toddler comes down with the flu, symptoms usually last about a week but can linger for up to two weeks. The associated cough can sometimes last up to four weeks.
How can I treat my baby’s flu at home?
Safe home remedies for your child’s cough, cold, or flu
- Lots of rest (all ages)
- Extra fluids (all ages)
- Humidity to help thin mucus (all ages)
- Saline drops and nasal aspirator (all ages)
- Elevating the head (12 months and up)
- Warm liquids and chicken soup (6 months and up)
How do you treat a newborn with the flu?
If your baby is at least 2 weeks old, your pediatrician may prescribe the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to prevent or treat the flu. It works best when they take it in the first day or two after they get sick.