Getting the flu is not fun for anybody but it can be even worse for an infant who is unable to verbally express his or her discomfort. Parents should be attuned to a baby’s condition to identify flu symptoms, which can take up to five days from contact to manifest themselves. It is possible to treat an infant who has the flu without paying a visit to the doctor. However, if the child has the chills, runny nose, a cough, is lethargic, and has a temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, a doctor should definately be contacted.
You will need:
- Acetaminophen (for infants)
- Antibacterial hand soap
- Dish soap
- Cushioned towel
- Bulb syringe
- Soup (broth-style)
- Gelatin snacks
Step 1: To prevent yourself from catching the flu, use antibacterial soap and frequently wash your hands. If you get sick, you will be unable to properly care for your baby.
Step 2: Wash the baby’s contaminated bedding in hot water in the washing machine. Wash toys, bottles, and pacifiers in soapy hot water by hand or in the dishwasher. This will kill the influenza virus on these items.
Step 3: Bottle or breast feed the baby liquids on a frequent basis. If the baby is old enough to eat solid foods, provide soup, popsicles, and gelatin snacks. Make sure that baby eats to prevent his or her system from becoming weaker.
Step 4: Encourage the child to sleep, even if it is not naptime. Getting rest will help his or her body fight the virus.
Step 5: If the baby has a low fever, treat it with infant acetaminophen, following the directions on the package. Contact a physician before providing this medication to infants younger than three months or if you are unsure of whether it is safe.
Step 6: Treat coughs by bottle-feeding warm liquids. If baby’s throat is dry, sit in a steamy bathroom with him or her for between five and ten minutes.
Step 7: If baby has a stuffy nose, clear the airway using a bulb syringe. Use a cushioned towel to wipe any mucus from the infant’s nose.
Step 8: Stick with the treatment regimen until the flu is no longer present. This can take up to five days. If symptoms persist after this time, consult a physician.