Kids are prone to many infections, especially during particular seasons. Sometimes these are contagious and you have to prevent it from spreading to everyone in the family. As a mom, I know how difficult it is to prevent kids from attracting infections as they go to school or play outside with friends. Safeguarding kids from the flu and other infections are not easy.
My younger one used to get frequent cold and cough when she was small and it was difficult for me to make out the difference between normal cold and flu. I discussed it with her paediatrician who explained to me how to differentiate between the two and she also told me ways in which to help prevent flu in kids.
What my paediatrician told me about influenza.
It is a viral infection that is a contagious respiratory illness. It infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Flu can cause mild to severe illnesses, and at times can lead to death. It can spread easily from one person to another. So, the best way to prevent is to get a flu vaccine each year by both kids and adults.[i]
Some things my paediatrician said we parents should keep in mind to protect your child from flu:
Protect your family and others – As it is contagious, avoid sending your child to school and any crowded places when he or she is sick. On the other hand, if you or any of your family members are not well, avoid direct interaction with the child. It can spread even from tiny droplets from the infected person.
Build immunity in kids – The flu can affect anybody. Even a perfectly healthy child with good immunity can get it from their friends or other kids in school or play areas. But good nutrition and a good amount of fluids are helpful. Also, teaching kids good hygiene habits like washing hands, wearing clean clothes, coughing or sneezing in their elbow and not hands, etc. are helpful in preventing flu.
Take the right steps – As I was confused between a common cold and flu symptoms, my daughter’s paediatrician told me to take these steps.
- First and foremost if a child is not well, it’s important to recognise the symptoms and if you suspect flu, give good nutrition and fluids.
- The second step is to consult your doctor.
Clean your home – One way you can avoid flu is by keeping your house clean with disinfectants. This way you can stop the infection from spreading through common household things like doorknobs, common furniture items, etc. Make sure to keep the room of infected person clean especially the bathroom. Teach kids to throw all the used tissues in the dustbin and wash their hands repeatedly.[ii]
Influenza vaccine – It’s a myth that Influenza vaccination is not helpful. As my paediatric said, getting your child and family members vaccinated is one of the best ways you can protect them from flu. Anyone above 6 months of age can take the vaccine.
Why once a year?
The Influenza virus is a tricky virus as it changes its structure and our immunity is not able to recognise it and that’s why Influenza vaccine is required once a year. You can discuss with your paediatrician for more.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. I believe in this adage completely and make sure my kids and family get timely doses of their vaccinations. Are you also following the proper preventive measures against flu-like the vaccine to keep your family safe? These are a few ways to protect your child from the flu.
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June 22, 2019 at 10:40 am
People need to understand how tricky the influenza virus is, changing and modifying its structure with time and thus requiring us to take vaccines on a regular basis.
June 22, 2019 at 5:43 pm
These are helpful tips for mom’s with toddlers who are worried about their child’s health. I have heard about flu vaccination and will definitely check it out
June 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm
it’s very important to get vaccinated coz it works increasing the herd immunity. healthy and strong child is the key to better future.
June 23, 2019 at 11:14 pm
Influenza is preventable with the Flu shot.Thats why in our family we all took the Flu vaccine.
June 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm
Flu is so inevitable specially in small kids. Its always better to take precaution and get kids vaccinated regularly as recommended by the doctors.
June 24, 2019 at 10:59 am
Thanks for sharing this informative post, Deepa. I could never understand the difference between cold & flu, you have explained it in easy words. I will definitely follow the points you have shared to protect my family from influenza.
June 24, 2019 at 11:17 am
That’s myth buster post about influenza. Especially in India parents are not much about proper approach towards influenza and it’s vaccination. This is very informative read
June 24, 2019 at 11:19 am
Timely diagnosis and most important prevention of such flu in the first place- all parents need to read this post
June 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Most people neglect flu vaccine mistaking flu with common cold. As you rightly said, prevention is better than cure
June 27, 2019 at 10:07 am
You cannot predict when the child would get affected. But is advisable to stay cautious and take preventive medicine. I will check out the flu vaccine.
June 28, 2019 at 4:27 pm
We sometime neglect a lot and in this rainy season we need to be very careful with kids and overall family…glad you shared this!!
June 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Flu cannot be eradicated totally. But we can to some extent learn the symptoms and be cautious with kids.
June 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm
Prevention is better than cure. Vaccination of flu yearly I think that is also a good option to protect the child from a serious illness.
June 29, 2019 at 4:36 pm
I highliy encourage the idea of cleaning home regularly and not just during any festive occasions. Great tips!
June 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm
THis vaccine is must to prevent flu and stay safe , prevention is better than cure against
June 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
Building immunity will always help .Prevention is always an excellent idea for flu
June 29, 2019 at 10:47 pm
I have been contemplating getting the flu vaccine for my entire family. After reading your post, I think I will go for it soon!
June 29, 2019 at 11:11 pm
As they say prevention is better than cure, its a good idea to get your kids vaccinated and keep them safe.
June 29, 2019 at 11:12 pm
This is one thing which cannot be predicted and sometimes even go unnoticed under our eyes. Precautions is the best way to stop the flu menace among kids.
June 30, 2019 at 1:13 am
Flu attacks babies /kids very fast. It is necessary to give the flu vaccine regularly to the babies..
June 30, 2019 at 6:05 am
This is such a relevant post for this weather. Influenza shots are mandatory
June 30, 2019 at 8:06 am
Regular vaccines for flu are a must for a family’s protection. Prevention is always better.
June 30, 2019 at 8:16 am
I have to agree with all the points you have mentioned. Cleanliness is one of the most important one. Given the onset of rains this is going to be a common problem in kids now and we definitely can protect them using these steps.
June 30, 2019 at 10:37 am
Influenza is going to be dangerous disease if not treated especially in rainy season its going to be dangerous
June 30, 2019 at 11:05 am
This is a very imp vac and much be taken by all… and keeping home clean is also very imo.
June 30, 2019 at 11:31 am
We also take flu shots every year as new species of bacteria keep evolving and protecting kids from infections is impossible.,