How to Survive Flu Season With A New Baby

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Flu season can be a scary time of year for some adults; nobody wants to suffer the debilitating effects of this infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. If this is your first flu season with a little one (or you're due to deliver soon) the thought of your precious bundle of joy, yourself, or anybody else who might come in contact with your baby catching the flu is even scarier. The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for young children and each year hundreds of children younger than 5 are hospitalized with flu complications, like pneumonia. I'm sharing my top tips for protecting your precious bundle of joy and yourself from contracting the flu illness and stay well this season.
Flu season can be a scary time of year for some adults; nobody wants to suffer the debilitating effects of this infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. If this is your first flu season with a little one (or you're due to deliver soon) the thought of your precious bundle of joy, yourself, or anybody else who might come in contact with your baby catching the flu is even scarier. The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for young children and each year hundreds of children younger than 5 are hospitalized with flu complications, like pneumonia. I'm sharing my top tips for protecting your precious bundle of joy and yourself from contracting the flu illness and stay well this season.

Children younger than 6 months are at high risk for serious flu complications, but are too young to get the vaccine. Because these children cannot get vaccinated protecting them from influenza is especially important. Here are a few ways you can help prevent the spread of germs:

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months and older, including parents, caregivers, and pregnant women. By getting vaccinated you are less likely to get sick and less likely to spread the flu to your child.

Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects

Sanitize bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, toys for children, anything that may be contaminated with germs. Clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant and following the directions on the label.

Always wash your hands

Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Before engaging in any contact with your little one (changing, rocking, feeding, reading to your child) thoroughly wash and dry your hands.

Stay away from people who are sick

Keep other family members who are sick in a separate room in the house, if possible. Minimize contact with sick individuals by staying home and using services like Walmart's free two-day shipping. If you have the leave the house utilize their buy online and pick-up in store option for a quick and easy trip.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze

Use a tissue and throw away the tissue after it has been used.


These are everyday steps to reduce the chances of getting sick, but the best defense is getting vaccinated and taking care of yourself. You are a pillar in your household and everything would literally fall apart without you. 
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