Oct 11, 2011

Viral Infection on Kids

Yesterday, i was on leave because i had to bring Tami to the hospital because of her fever that started last friday. We heard about it last Saturday only, while on the movie house with hubby watching No Other Woman, Papa texted us that we should sleep over to their house so we can monitor Tami. She came home from school last friday with fever already, since my in-laws are taking care of my daughter, the fever subside saturday morning then came afternoon Tami has fever again.

After watching movie, we headed first to apartment to get some clothes then went to my in-laws house and sleep to our room. Monday came and still she has fever so i texted my supervisor that im not gonna report for work because of my daughter. I called Perpetual for the availability of Tami's pedia and good thing that his schedule falls on M/W/F in Perpetual.

We went to the doctor at 10am and waited for her turn.

While waiting, im watching Tami pero hindi naman sya matamlay, she was walking around and i took some photos of her. Eto ba ang mukang may sakit?


Nag-pose pa...

The doctor told me na sa tingin nya that Tami has Viral infection since there's no sign of dengue at hindi sya matamlay. After giving her 2 meds prescription, he advised me to monitor her fever, go back on Wednesday for follow-up check up but if there something comes out like rashes, bleeding or any form of signs of Dengue, we need to bring Tami immediately for the tests.

And now while doing nothing, i googled Viral Infection and check what is the cause and how to be cured but found only ways to help our kids better. I wanna share what i found though it is very simple and common, i know this will help somehow.

My child has a virus, how can I help her feel better?

While you may be able to keep germs from spreading, you can't always keep your child from getting sick. Use the following tips to help keep your child healthy:
  • Keep hands clean. Everyone should wash their hands several times a day to keep germs from spreading.
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking cups, toothbrushes, washcloths, or towels with anyone who has a cold or fever.
  • Wash dishes and utensils in hot, soapy water.
  • Don't smoke around your child. Don't smoke in the car or around the house.

Your child's doctor may recommend the following ways to soothe a sick child:

To relieve a stuffy nose

  • Use saline (saltwater) nose drops to thin nasal discharge. Ask your child's doctor about which ones to use. Place a few drops of the saline into each nostril followed by gentle bulb suction. This works best for babies younger than 3 months.
  • During the illness, use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer in your child's room. This helps moisten the air and may help clear your child's nasal passages. Be sure to clean the humidifier or vaporizer often, as recommended by the manufacturer.

To relieve chest congestion

  • Chest physical therapy can loosen mucus and may help infants and young children cough it out. Lay your child across your knees, face down; cup your hand; and gently tap your child's back. Or sit your child on your lap, lean her body forward about 30 degrees, cup your hand, and gently tap her back.
  • During the illness, use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer in your child's room. This helps moisten the air and may help clear your child's congestion. Be sure to clean the humidifier or vaporizer often, as recommended by the manufacturer.

To relieve a cough

  • Try half a teaspoon of honey for children aged 2 to 5 years, 1 teaspoon for children aged 6 to 11 years, and 2 teaspoons for children 12 years and older. If honey is given at bedtime, make sure you brush your child's teeth afterward. Remember, it's not safe to give honey to babies younger than 1 year.
  • For a child aged 4 years and older, cough drops or lozenges may help soothe the throat. Remember not to give cough drops or lozenges to a child younger than 4 years because he could choke on them. Also do not give your child more cough drops than directed on the package.

To relieve a fever

  • Give acetaminophen to a baby 6 months or younger. Give either acetaminophen or ibuprofen to a child older than 6 months. Ask your child's doctor for the right dosage for your child's age and size. Do not give aspirin to your child because it has been associated with Reye syndrome, a rare but very serious illness that affects the liver and the brain.

About other medicines

  • Cough and cold medicine. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that over-the-counter cough and cold medications not be given to infants and children younger than 2 years because of the risk of life-threatening side effects. Also, several studies show that cold and cough products don't work in children younger than 6 years and can have potentially serious side effects.
  • Antibiotics. Your child's doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection. For viral infections the body needs to fight the virus on its own because antibiotics won't work.

Information taken here.

Tami went to school today even if she has fever. Mama told me that my daughter cried after not allowing her to go to school because she's sick. Tami said she has exams today that's why she wants to go to school. My in-laws decided to go with Tami in school and talk with her teacher about her condition. The teacher promised that they will look after Tami and will not allow her to play.

Hay ang hirap pag maysakit ang anak...

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