Swine Flu Symptoms and Treatments for Families
What expectant moms and parents of babies and toddlers need to know about the H1N1 virus
Stopping the Flu Before it Gets You
The good news is that the very same simple techniques that keep you healthy in the face of seasonal colds and flus work for swine flu, too.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue, if possible, and be sure to throw the tissue away and wash your hands. You can also sneeze or cough into your inner elbow instead of your hands.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (Alcohol-based hand sanitizers also work).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
If you or your child is ill and you suspect swine flu, make an appointment to see your medical provider. Also, keep careful watch for these warning signs:
- fast and/or labored breathing
- pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- sudden dizziness
- severe or persistent vomiting
- flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
In infants and children too young to speak, watch for:
- bluish or gray skin color
- not drinking enough fluids
- difficulty waking up or not responding to interaction
- being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
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