Let’s start with some of the symptoms. They’ll sound familiar, as some mimic the seasonal flu or colds. The CDC says that indications include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and possibly diarrhea and vomiting.
Breastfeed early and often. Limit formula feeds if you can. This will help protect your baby from infection.
Yep. The Centers for Disease Control suggests breastmilk over formula to help protect your little ones against swine flu. No, breastmilk is no cure. But it may help boost baby’s immune system and make any illness a mild one.
There are other precautions we can take, too. Common sense ones. Wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday To You.” Cover your mouth, throw away used tissues, don’t share food and drink containers.(Basically? Use good manners. Let’s make these rules for non-pandemic living too, shall we?)
And if you or your child(ren) should contract the swine flu… pick up some Tamiflu? Actually, no. The World Health Organization said that most people recover from H1N1 without the aid of the drug. They fear that overuse of the antivirals could lead to a stronger swine flu virus.
Not only that, Tamiflu may be dangerous to children. In one study, kids had exacerbated symptoms after using the remedy, such as vomiting and diahrrea. Another study showed that the drug caused nausea and nightmares in some kids. Simply put, the harm may outweigh the benefits.