It’s 25 degrees this morning in Birmingham, Alabama. I think it’s colder here today than New York. When the temperature fluctuates, everyone starts to get sick. I am so thrilled that Children’s of Alabama was willing to share some tips and great information on how to prevent the flu.
|“Helping to prevent the spread of germs and viruses is important in making sure that your child does not get sick,” said Brenda Vason, Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at Children’s of Alabama. Hand washing is the first line of defense. This simple practice protects against the spread of infectious germs. It is important that hand washing is performed properly to ensure that germs are scrubbed away.To make sure your children are getting the most out of their wash:
Be sure that your children know to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, after cleaning, after touching animals, after contact with someone who is sick, after sneezing or coughing or after being outside. Getting a flu vaccination is another important way to keep from getting sick. The flu is a highly contagious virus of the respiratory tract. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu and keeps children and parents from getting sick. It is now recommended that everyone 6 months or older get the vaccine. 2- Be aware of signs and symptoms Viral Infections can cause many symptoms that can differ from child to child. These symptoms can also change as the illness progresses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if your child is experiencing a common cold or the flu. Typically flu symptoms present themselves suddenly and are more severe than a common cold. However, you should not brush these symptoms off. Symptoms, which normally begin about two days after contact with the virus, can include:
3- Know when to call the doctor For the most part, these viral infections will go away on their own with a little rest and relaxation. However, there are some cases that require medical attention. You should call the doctor if your child:
Children who are sick should stay home from school or daycare until their fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. For more information on this or other health and safety topics, visit www.childrensal.org.