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Flu Treat Breastfeeding
The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more
Rest, fluids, Motrin: Sorry to hear you are feeling sick. If your symptoms are caused by a cold virus, there aren't any special medicines needed. Your body will recover on its own, it just can take a week or so, especially if you are tired from caring for an infant! Drinking a lot of fluids, resting as much as possible, and using Ibuprofen for comfort (400mg every 6-8 hours as needed) can help! ...Read more
Safe Options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! hydrate well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, although...: the older your baby is, the safer it will be. (if baby is less than 2 months old, more caution is advised). One of the ingredients (pseudoephedrine) has the potential to cause some irritability in baby and a decrease to your milk supply. As with any OTC medication while breastfeeding, take for the shortest duration possible, only as needed, and dose according to bottle instructions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wash hands: If you have a cold it is ok to continue breastfeeding. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and avoid coughing on the baby. It is not flu season yet in Texas so influenza is not very likely. Make sure you get your flu shot when available (In Texas usually late Sept/early Oct). ...Read more
How to deal with flu while breastfeeding is there a safe medicine to take? And how can i protect my baby from infection ?
Influenza: A flu shot to help prevent flu is always a good choice. If you have the flu you can continue to breast feed but you may want to wear a mask and be careful to wash any areas that germs may have been exposed to. If your baby gets sick have her checked immediately. All the best and feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is a month old & I got a flu shot the day I left the hosp..I'm breastfeeding only would he b protected also or no?
Indirectly: The flu shot you received will help prevent YOU from getting the flu, and that will indirectly protect him because you are less likely to pass an active infection to him. This is the rationale for having family members get vaccinated...to help protect transmission to those who are not able to get the vaccine. In a couple of weeks, your body will make antibodies which will be passed through milk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay hydrated: Make sure you're taking enough fluids, and eat only a bland diet until you feel completely better. This means easy to digest foods like rice, bananas, toast, plain baked potato, broth, etc. Avoid fried, heavy, fatty, saucy, creamy foods until your condition has returned to normal (and consider avoiding all that same stuff for your general health after you're better). ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
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