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Offline CareDC

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H1N1 tips for parents
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:40:13 PM »
Explain the concept of germs and how they can spread to your child so they understand the importance of hand-washing and good hygiene.

Teach them to properly wash their hands, using warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If they are unable, wash their hands for them. If their hands aren't visibly dirty, they can use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of between 60 to 90 per cent, with adult supervision.

Teach them to cough or sneeze into their arm, not their hand. If they aren't old enough, cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

Disinfect objects and common surfaces, including toys, doorknobs, telephones, keyboards and light switches.

If your child is sick, keep them home from daycare, school or other activities. Wait until they are symptom-free for at least one day before they return to normal activities. Keep sick children away from other children while they have symptoms.

Immunization is the best defence against contracting the H1N1 virus. If your child is older than six months of age, doctors recommend they receive the vaccine.

Antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, can be given to people with moderate to severe cases of H1N1.

Make sure they have a plenty of rest, fluids, nutritious food and a smoke-free environment.

Children with fever should not be given Aspirin because of a link to Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.

If they experience certain symptoms, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a bluish or grey complexion, severe or persistent vomiting, extreme lethargy, disorientation or symptoms that fade and reappear, seek immediate medical attention.

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Re: H1N1 tips for parents
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009, 07:00:29 AM »
also keep your home humidity level low to reduce the growth of virus' dehumidifyer..and open your windows a couple times a day to fully air out the space. Have a separate area for sick family separate level/room of house. Get plenty of rest, keep hydrated, and eat a well balanced diet each day.


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